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Giorgia Meloni raises controversy in Italy by announcing that she wants to be called "the prime minister"

The opposition and some media criticize that Meloni uses the masculine for her position, assuring that it is a "political election".

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Giorgia Meloni raises controversy in Italy by announcing that she wants to be called "the prime minister"

The opposition and some media criticize that Meloni uses the masculine for her position, assuring that it is a "political election"


The new Italian prime minister, Giorgia Meloni, has raised controversy in Italy after announcing that she wants to be called "the prime minister" instead of "the prime minister", betting on a male gender decline instead of a female one.

In the first communiqués issued since its constitution this Sunday, the new Italian government has presented the winner of the elections on September 25 as "the prime minister, Giorgia Meloni".

"The prime minister, Giorgia Meloni, will be in the Chamber of Deputies on Tuesday, September 25, to make statements about his government program," says the latest letter issued by Palacio Chigi.

"Cordial and fruitful conversation, of more than an hour between the prime minister, Giorgia Meloni, and the French president, Emmanuel Macron", reads another of the writings, in this case released after the meeting on Sunday between the leaders of Italy and France .

This decision in the decline of Meloni's post - which in its literal translation into Spanish would be "president of the Council of Ministers" - has not gone unnoticed by the opposition and by the Italian media.

Specifically, the former president of the Chamber of Deputies Laura Boldrini, of the Social Democratic Democratic Party (PD), is among the most critical, wondering if "it is too much" for the leader of the Brothers of Italy (HDI) to use the feminine.

"The first female prime minister is called by the masculine, the prime minister. What prevents her from claiming her leadership in the language? Is affirming the feminine too much for HDI, a party that already forgets the sisters in its name?" , Boldrini has expressed on his Twitter account.

For his part, Carlo Calenda, a member of the centrist Third Pole coalition, has assured that he is becoming "to the controversial level of Peppa Pig."

"Friends, here it is going off the rails. Among other government controversies and this one from 'the prime minister' we are returning to the controversial level of Peppa Pig, which we believed was an unrepeatable album," Calenda has also maintained on the social network Twitter.

However, it has not been only politicians who have attacked this decision by the far-right leader.

The Trade Union Union of Journalists of RAI (Usigrai) - the Italian public television - has lamented in a statement that Meloni goes against European norms on the use of the feminine in public positions and professions.

"The lawyer, the lawyer. The prime minister, the prime minister. While Italy laboriously adapts to European standards on the use of the feminine in public office and professions, in many RAI newsrooms we are witnessing a dangerous setback", Usigrai has affirmed, assuring that there is pressure from management to use the masculine name to address Giorgia Meloni's new position because "she has asked for it."

However, the Italian academic and linguist Vera Gheno, specialized in inclusive language, has declared to the newspaper 'Fanpage' that the determined form in the Italian language in the case of Meloni foresees the use of the feminine, although it is not considered an error by the Academia de la Crusca (the Italian simile of the Royal Spanish Academy, RAE).

However, Gheno has highlighted that although the Italian prime minister is free to choose a male or female declination for her position, "at this point she makes a political choice."

"It is a choice that deviates from the direction in which our grammar would go. Until not many years ago, choosing the feminine, instead of the masculine, was considered the marked option, while now the matter is being reversed," he said. the linguist to the aforementioned newspaper.

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