The Italian right-wing bloc makes the last push ahead of early elections

On Thursday, the leaders of the Italian right-wing alliance showed unity and promised a new era of stable government in a closing rally three days before the early elections they are expected to win.

Giorgia Meloni of the Brothers of Italy (Fdi), Matteo Salvini of the Lega and former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Forza Italia, 85, presented themselves in front of thousands of supporters in Piazza del Popolo in Rome.

They intervened from a stage with the slogan “Together for Italy” in their first joint event of a campaign that saw them excel in the polls but also argue over foreign and economic policy.

“We will build a solid, cohesive government with a strong popular mandate, which will remain in power for five years,” said Meloni, who could become Italy’s first female prime minister and the first to have held openly Eurosceptic positions.

Meloni, born in Rome, whose party has its roots in neo-fascism but now presents itself as a more moderate conservative force, speaking to a home crowd made up largely of Brothers of Italy supporters.

“I will vote for Meloni because I believe immigration and taxes are the main issues that need to be addressed,” 21-year-old Margherita Conti told Reuters.

“But I will also do it because I am happy that we will have a female Prime Minister and that it will be Giorgia”.