Italy: First cracks in Giorgia Meloni's far-right coalition

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Italy: first cracks in Giorgia Meloni’s far-right coalition

Giorgia Meloni among other deputies in Parliament

The far-right coalition of Giorgia Meloni, victorious in the legislative elections of September 25, has faced a rocky start Thursday in the first session of parliament, marked by tensions between allies called to govern together.

The post-fascist Fratelli d'Italia party, led by Ms Meloni, won 26% of the vote, but needs its two coalition partners, Matteo Salvini's Antimigrant League and Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right Forza Italia, to have an absolute majority in Parliament.

The three parties have been conducting tense behind-the-scenes negotiations for days to share the ministerial portfolios of the future government which will have to face many challenges, including the energy crisis caused by the war in Ukraine and inflation.

Sign of these tensions, Ignazio La Russa, former Minister of Defense and co-founder of Fratelli d'Italia with Giorgia Meloni, elected Thursday to the presidency of the Senate, did not fill up the votes within the right-extreme right coalition, due to the defection of many senators from Forza Italia. It was elected members of the opposition who gave him the missing votes.

Before the vote, Silvio Berlusconi, who was making a comeback to the Senate, from which he had been expelled in 2013 after his sentence of ineligibility, sported an angry face and banged his fist on his desk during x27;a heated aside discussion with Mr La Russa.

In a statement released after the vote, the 86-year-old billionaire, whose party won 8% of the vote, said implied that the coalition was still arguing over the allocation of ministries.

He expressed great unease with the vetoes placed in recent days on the formation of the government, calling for loyal and effective collaboration with the other forces of the majority to quickly give a government to the country.

Silvio Berlusconi in the middle of several deputies in Parliament

Holocaust survivor Liliana Segre, 92, chaired the first session of the Senate as Dean, emphasizing the symbolic value of her presence in October marking the centenary of the March on Rome which was the beginning of the fascist dictatorship.

Another symbolic event on this day of parliamentary return, the investiture of a deputy of Ivorian origin, Aboubakar Soumahoro, who arrived in a suit and wearing rubber boots full of soil in tribute to exploited foreign agricultural workers. in Italy, some of whom died in the grain fields, overwhelmed by heat and fatigue.

The Chamber of Deputies must elect its president no later than Friday, three ballots n&# x27; having been able to achieve a result on Thursday.

Matteo Salvini, whose party won 9% of the vote, presented the candidacy of one of his own, Lorenzo Fontana, a traditionalist Catholic, former Minister for European Affairs .

Once elected, the presidents of the chambers will meet the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, within the framework of the institutional consultations that the latter must carry out before appointing a new head of government.

Following his consultations, Mattarella is expected to hand over the task of forming a government to Giorgia Meloni, who would thus become the first woman to take on the post of President of the Council in Italy.

We are ready, don't worry!, Giorgia Meloni told reporters on Thursday, who has kept a low profile since her election victory, communicating mainly through social networks.

< p class="e-p">If she was Minister of Youth in the executive led by Silvio Berlusconi between 2008 and 2011, her Fratelli d'Italia party, which only obtained 4% of the vote in the 2018 legislative elections, has no government experience, but has sought to reassure the markets about his management abilities.

The name of the future Minister of the Economy is particularly expected as the third largest economy in the euro zone is crumbling under debt reaching 150% of GDP and is expected to enter recession in 2023, according to the IMF.

In the evening, Ms. Meloni said Giancarlo Giorgetti, a League official and currently economic development minister, would be an excellent minister of economics. Economy.

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