Emerson Fittipaldi, candidate for the Italian extreme right

Former Brazilian pilot Emerson Fittipaldi, two times Formula 1 world champion, will be one of the candidates for the Senate in the next Italian elections hand in hand with the Brothers of Italy party, led by the far-right Giorgia Meloni.

The two-time world champion with Lotus in 1972 and Mclaren-Ford in 1974, of Italian descent, will appear in the party’s South American constituency, although sources close to the formation told the Efe agency that the lists are not yet closed. Even so, Fittipaldi himself acknowledged that he will participate in the elections and that he already contemplates several proposals in case he is elected.

“I am very happy to be a candidate for the Italian Senate in the elections on September 25. I have already put several proposals on paper and all they aim to promote actions related to Brazilians who have strong ties to Italian lands, culture and sport. I hope to have the support of the voters of Brazil and Latin America, but also of those who live in Italy, and of the Italians who have always been my supporters”, explained the former pilot in a statement published this Monday by Il Giornale.

Meloni, leader of the far-right Brothers of Italy party, is the favorite for the general elections on September 25 and polls indicate that she has the support of a fifth of Italians to be the next prime minister.

The right-wing alliance, made up of his party, the far-right Liga and the conservative Forza Italia (of Silvio Berlusconi), could reach more than 45% at the polls, according to the latest polls, with more than 10 points above the leftist coalition formed by the Democratic Party (PD) and other groups.

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The leader of the PD, Enrico Letta, warned on Sunday that Brothers of Italy is like the Spanish party Vox, which vindicates Francoism and sees the European Union (EU) as a threat. On the contrary, Meloni denied last week that an “anti-democratic drift” would take place in the country in case of victory and condemned fascism.

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