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Meloni, the first female prime minister, the first exit polls speak of the victory of the right-wing coalition

Meloni, the first female prime minister, the first exit polls speak of the

The first exit polls, which came out shortly after the closing of the voting process, declare the extreme right as the winner in Italy.

Polls gave the right-wing alliance a commanding lead, with 41-45% of the vote.

Projections point to a deep center-right victory, made up of Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia, Mateo Salvini's Lega Nord and Giorgia Meloni's Fratelli d'Italia.

Giorgia Meloni is expected to be Italy's new prime minister, with the right-wing expected to lead the country without the need for other parties in a coalition.

She is projected to win between 22-26% of the vote, a Rai poll says, over her nearest rival Enrico Letta from the center-left.

An Italy led by Meloni will alarm much of Europe with Russia at war in Ukraine.