Chega Says Italy’s Election Result Paves the Way for Change in Portugal

The president of Chega, André Ventura, considered that the victory of a conservative coalition in the Italian legislative elections paves the way for "change to happen in Portugal and Spain in the next electoral cycles."

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Chega’s leader strongly welcomed “the electoral result in Italy,” refering to the victory of the conservative led by Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy) party, led by Giorgia Meloni; whilst attending a press conference at the party’s headquarters.

André Ventura considered that: “this result is not just an Italian result, it expresses a change that has been happening in all European countries.”

“It is natural that in Portugal and Spain this result is enthusiastically noted”, he defended, adding that it is a “sign of political transformation in Europe,” which is breaking the “cycle of bipartisanship that softens politics.”

Considering that it was a “particularly important result,” he went on to say that it “opens a new era after the presidential result of Marine de Le Pen,” in France.

Ventura claimed that: “The definitive victory of Giorgia Meloni in Italy paves the way for this change to also take place in Portugal and Spain in the next electoral cycles.”

André Ventura indicated that he spoke with Giorgia Meloni and also with the leader of the Northern League, Matteo Salvini, and pointed out that it is a “great victory” for the coalition, which will allow “the Italian right to take power.”

Asked if the ideological approach of the woman who could become Italy’s first prime minister to Benito Mussolini causes discomfort to Chega, André Ventura began by saying that: “he read a news item about it today,” but noted that he doesn’t like to talk about subjects that he is not familiar with.

“I don't know of statements by Giorgia Meloni in the sense of assuming defensively and integrally and assuming the positions that Benito Mussolini took. Certainly what is at stake, or would be at stake - but if there are other statements I will reaffect my position - what may be at stake is a certain recovery of the Italian pride of which Benito Mussolini was a sign, with many crimes committed in the mix and many mistakes made in the mix,” he pointed out.

Ventura said: “I think that Giorgia Meloni was referring to that national pride, in that aspect of national pride it does not cause me discomfort, if it is or if it had been in an aspect of crimes that were committed in Italy that would certainly cause me discomfort.”

According to partial results of Sunday's Italian legislatives, a national conservative coalition - led by the Brothers of Italy and which also includes Matteo Salvini's League and Silvio Berlusconi's conservative Forza Italia party - obtained around 43% of the votes.

Far-left groups like the Democratic Party, led by Enrico Letta, are expected to win less than 40% of the vote.

The Brothers of Italy party was founded in 2012, by Giorgia Meloni, and has ties to the Italian Social Movement (MSI), an organization started by followers of Benito Mussolini.