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ROME (LifeSiteNews) – Leader of the Fratelli D’Italia (Brothers of Italy) conservative political party, Giorgia Meloni, won the Italian federal election on Sunday, and is set to become the first female prime minister in the country’s history.

Early results show Meloni winning 26 per cent of the vote on her own, with her right-wing alliance obtaining almost 50 per cent of the national vote.

Four years ago the Fratelli D’Italia won only four per cent of the vote, and thus have experienced a meteoric rise as Italians have become increasingly disillusioned with the left-wing handling of the nation during the COVID-19 so-called pandemic.

In Italy’s multi-party system, it is common for politicians to form alliances in order to establish a government. Meloni chose to ally herself with Matteo Salvini’s conservative party, Lega, and former Prime Minster Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia.

Left-wing media outlets such as CNN and Politico are suggesting that Meloni’s victory is a “neo-fascists” victory and are comparing her government to that of former Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini.

However, Meloni has emphatically denied any links to fascism, and has said that her party is not an atypical right-wing European political party.

A speech that Meloni gave in 2019 at the World Congress of Families is making waves on the internet, having been viewed over ten million times since she was elected.

In her speech she stated: “Why is the family an enemy? Why is the family so frightening?… Because everything that defines us is now an enemy… And so they attack national identity, they attack religious identity, they attack gender identity, they attack family identity…”

“I cannot define myself as Italian, Christian, woman, mother. No…  I must be… ‘gender x,’ ‘parent 1’… I must be a number…” she charged.

“We will defend God, country and family. Those things that disgust people so much. We will do it to defend our freedom, because we will never be slaves…”