Italy’s right-wing bloc makes last push ahead of snap elections

Leaders of Italy’s right-wing alliance showed unity on Thursday and pledged a new era of stable government at a closing rally three days before a snap election they are expected to win.

Giorgia Meloni of the Brothers of Italy (Fdi), Matteo Salvini of the League and former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Forza Italia, 85, appeared before thousands of supporters in Rome’s Piazza del Popolo.

They spoke from a stage carrying the slogan ‘Together, for Italy’ at their first joint event in a campaign that has seen them lead in the polls but also squabble over foreign and economic policy.

“We will build a solid and coherent government with a strong popular mandate, which will remain in power for five years,” said Meloni, who could become Italy’s first female prime minister and the first to hold openly Eurosceptic positions.

Meloni, born in Rome, whose party has its roots in neo-fascism but now presents itself as a more moderate conservative force, was addressing a local crowd made up largely of supporters of the Brethren from Italy.

“I will vote for Meloni because I think immigration and taxes are the main issues to be resolved,” Margherita Conti, 21, told Reuters.

“But I will also because I’m happy we have a female prime minister and it’s Giorgia.”