Giorgia Meloni, Italy’s prime minister-in-waiting, is embroiled in a power struggle with rival parties in the right-wing coalition. Meloni, the leader of the Brothers of Italy party, is refusing to endorse the nomination of the center-right Forza Italia party’s Ignazio La Russa to be Senate speaker. A majority of legislators endorsed La Russa, but the center-right Forza Italia party is reportedly on Meloni’s side. This power struggle threatens to undermine Meloni’s electoral alliance with Matteo Salvini.
Meloni’s vetoed a ministry for a Berlusconi aide. The former finance minister has several female political proteges, including a female MP from his Forza Italia party. Several women lawmakers in the Forza Italia party started their careers in politics under Berlusconi, who founded the centre-right party three decades ago.
Right-wing coalition: Meloni’s proposal will require the approval of president Mattarella to form a government. Consultations could begin as early as October 17th, but will take at least two days. The new prime minister will then meet with the parties in his coalition and draw up a list of cabinet ministers.
Right-wing coalition won Italy’s general election, winning a comfortable parliamentary majority, but failed to win two-thirds of the vote, which would have enabled the new government to change the constitution. The far-right Fratelli d’Italia (FdI) took the biggest share of the vote but will need help from the centre-right Forza Italia to form a government. Meloni will be the next prime minister, but the coalition’s success will depend on whether it can get the support of the other parties.
Right-wing coalition leaders met with President Mattarella to discuss forming government. The three leaders also met with the leaders of the party that will be the opposition. Meloni and La Russa met with President Mattarella and met with party leaders.
Right-wing movements have become increasingly connected in recent years. For example, former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, a prominent figure on the right-wing front, launched an organisation called “The Movement” that supported anti-European populists in the European Parliament elections. This group also endorsed populist parties in Italy and France.
The Italian public is pro-European. The new government will have to continue suppressing the eurosceptic tendencies of the past. The FdI, which campaigned in the 2018 election, called for renegotiating all EU treaties, while Lega advocated leaving the eurozone. These populist tendencies may increase tensions with Italy’s European partners.
Meloni’s coalition is not likely to be the March on Rome of the past decade, and he has made clear that LGBTQ+ rights are unlikely to be high on his priority list. For example, Meloni spoke to his Vox party in June and called for protecting the traditional family from liberals. He also urged Italy to stop migration from Africa.