|Italian Minister of Youth Policy|
May 8, 2008 – November 16, 2011
|Prime Minister||Silvio Berlusconi|
|Member of the
Italian Chamber of Deputies
April 21, 2006
|Vice President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies|
April 4, 2006 – April 28, 2008
|Born||15 January 1977
|Political party||Brothers of Italy|
Giorgia Meloni (born on January 15, 1977) is an Italian politician. Giorgia Meloni was Minister of Youth in the IV Berlusconi government and president of the Young Italy. Co-founder of the party Brothers of Italy with Guido Crosetto and Ignazio La Russa, on March 8, 2014, she was elected president of the party. She's a member of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy since 2006.
Studies and student militancy
Meloni was born in Rome, by father from Sardinia and mother from Sicily. Being active into politics since her teenage years, she earned a diploma from the former Amerigo Vespucci Institute in 1996. She worked as a journalist.
She was a member of the National Alliance, the successor of the post-fascist Italian Social Movement. In 2000, she was elected national director and in 2004, as the first woman, president of Youth Action, the party's youth wing. In 2006, she became the youngest ever deputy president of the Italian Chamber of Deputies. In 2009, her party merged with Forza Italia into The People of Freedom and she took over the presidency of the united party's youth section, called Young Italy.
Minister of Youth (2008-2011)
In 2008, she was appointed as Minister of Youth Policy in Berlusconi IV Cabinet, a position she held until November 16, 2011. Again, she was the youngest ever minister in the history of the Italian Republic.
After the Berlusconi government
In November 2012, she announced her bid to contest the leadership of the People of Freedom party against Angelino Alfano, in contrast with the party's support of the Monti Cabinet. After the cancellation of the primaries, she teamed up with fellow MP Guido Crosetto for an anti-Monti policy, asking for renewal within the party and being also critical of the leadership of Silvio Berlusconi.
Leader of the Brothers of Italy
Later in December, both MPs left the party to become founding member of a new political movement named "Fratelli d'Italia" (Brothers of Italy) - a name borrowed from the words of the Italian National Anthem.
- "Page on Meloni at Chamber of Deputies website (Italian).".
- "Biografia del ministro Giorgia Meloni", Governo italiano
- "Giorgia Meloni". Il Sole 24 Ore. 8 February 2013.
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