Italy is set to vote the next government in on September 25. The previous government, headed by PM Mario Draghi, resigned in July. However, he was asked by President Sergio Mattarella to act as the caretaker PM till fresh elections were held. His coalition government had collapsed after a lot of political infighting.
Who will win? In the new election, Giorgia Meloni, leader of Italy's small right-wing party Fratelli D'Italia (Brother of Italy) is expected to be crowned as the new Prime Minister. Under her leadership, her party saw a huge increase in voter support from 4% in 2018 to 25% in 2022.
But there is another fact which is also very interesting. Around 42% of Italians are either undecided on who to vote, or will refrain from voting altogether, Al Jazeera reported.
Italy has also seen seven governments in the past 11 years, a big reason why the people of Italy have drifted away from politics.
Italy's political system has been called out for being unstable as the country has seen 67 Cabinets in the 76 years since the Italian republic was created.
Who is Giorgia Meloni? A 45-year-old single mom, Girogia Meloni has held several posts of importance in Italy. In 2006, Meloni was elected to the Chamber of Duties, and became its youngest-ever vice-president. At 31, in 2008, she was appointed the Minister of Youth the the Silvio Berlusconi Cabinet. Meloni also has to herself the feat of being united Italy's youngest-ever minister.
Just three years ago, Meloni was mocked by Italians for being a PM candidate. But now, she has emerged the strongest person for the job.
How does Italy vote a new PM? The voting system in Italy is complex.
On Sunday, September 25, the country will vote in a new government. According to surveys, Brothers of Italy party, which got 32 seats in 2018 elections, is the most popular party and is expected to win the election. If Brothers of Italy wins the election, Giorgia Meloni is expected to be Italy's new PM.