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MNI: Meloni Seen As No Shoo-In For Italy PM After Elections

An Italian right-wing coalition is heading for electoral victory but tough talks on forming a government, experts say.

A right-wing coalition is almost guaranteed of a handsome victory in Italy’s elections on Sept. 25, but divisions between the parties over issues including whether to renegotiate the conditions of European aid mean that talks to form a government will not be easy, political experts told MNI.

The right-wing bloc grouping Brothers of Italy, the League and former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia have a clear lead of about 15-20 percentage points in polls, and Italian electoral law favouring coalitions should help them win between two thirds and four fifths of the roughly one third of parliamentary seats allocated according to a first-past-the-post electoral system, professor of the history of political institutions at Luiss University Lorenzo Castellani and University of Bologna political scientist Piero Ignazi told MNI. They should also between them take a majority in the rest of the seats, for which they will compete as individual parties under a proportional system.

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A right-wing coalition is almost guaranteed of a handsome victory in Italy’s elections on Sept. 25, but divisions between the parties over issues including whether to renegotiate the conditions of European aid mean that talks to form a government will not be easy, political experts told MNI.

The right-wing bloc grouping Brothers of Italy, the League and former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia have a clear lead of about 15-20 percentage points in polls, and Italian electoral law favouring coalitions should help them win between two thirds and four fifths of the roughly one third of parliamentary seats allocated according to a first-past-the-post electoral system, professor of the history of political institutions at Luiss University Lorenzo Castellani and University of Bologna political scientist Piero Ignazi told MNI. They should also between them take a majority in the rest of the seats, for which they will compete as individual parties under a proportional system.

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