Giorgia Meloni, leader of Italy’s far-right Brothers of Italy, was elected president of the European Conservatives and Reformists Party on Monday.
“Yesterday I had the honor of being elected President [of the] @ECRparty, the party of #conservative Europeans which brings together more than 40 Western parties,” Meloni tweeted early on Tuesday, adding: “I thank the conservative family for their trust. Let us continue to fight together for a confederate Europe of free and sovereign states.”
The appointment makes Meloni the only woman to lead both a European and an Italian party at the same time, as well as the first Italian woman to lead a European party family, La Repubblica reported. She succeeds Czech MEP Jan Zahradil, who had held the ECR party presidency for more than a decade.
“After my 10 years … it was time to retire. But I couldn’t get [a] better successor: one of the most talented politicians in generation + strong female leader,” Zahradil said on Twitter.
Under Meloni, who has gained a reputation as the rising star of Italy’s right, the Brothers of Italy managed to wrest the leftist region of Marche from the center-left Democratic Party in Italy’s regional elections earlier this month.
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