Giorgia Meloni, 45, was sworn in as Italy’s first woman prime minister on Saturday. It’s the country right-wing government since World War Two. She will face obligatory confidence votes in parliament. Head of the nationalist Brothers of Italy – that she has led for 10 years, Meloni swept to victory in an election last month as part of a coalition that included Forza Italia, led by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and Matteo Salvini’s anti-immigrant League. Meloni unveiled her team: five ministries each to the League and Forza Italia and nine cabinet posts for her own party. There are six women ministers.
Meloni’s party has neo-fascist roots but recently she’s taken a very moderate position. “Yes to the natural family, no to the LGBT lobby, yes to sexual identity, no to gender ideology… no to Islamist violence, yes to secure borders, no to mass migration… no to big international finance… no to the bureaucrats of Brussels!” are Meloni’s declared priorities. She has promised to fully enforce the law that protects access to abortion. Meloni, who has been a strong supporter of Ukraine as it battles Moscow’s invasion, sought to clarify where she and and the coalition would stand once in power. “I count on and look forward to constructive cooperation with the new government on the challenges we face together,” Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wrote on Twitter.