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Mario Draghi accepts post of Italian Prime Minister, announces ministers

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Di Maio (the Five Star Movement, M5S), Lamorgese (independent) and Speranza have kept their posts. Dario Franceschini (Democratic Party, PD), who used to be the minister of tourism and culture, will now be responsible only for cultural issues, and the minister of tourism is going to be Massimo Garavaglia (Lega).

Rome, February 13: Former European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi on Friday formally accepted the Italian premiership, to lead and guide the country through the devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic.

Mario Draghi, Italy’s designated prime minister, met President Sergio Mattarella on Friday at the Quirinale palace in Rome.

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese, and Health Ministers Roberto Speranza retained their mandates in the new government formed by Mario Draghi.

The 73-year-old economist will surpass the formalities of confidence votes in Parliament next week, to lead a new national unity government to replace Giuseppe Conte’s centre-left coalition that collapsed one month ago.

“I will read the composition of the government,” Draghi said Friday night that contrasted with the verbosity of his predecessor.
The country is at a critical juncture as it battling both the medical and economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

The names of the new ministers were read out by Draghi.

In the new administration, Di Maio (the Five Star Movement, M5S), Lamorgese (independent) and Speranza have kept their posts. Dario Franceschini (Democratic Party, PD), who used to be the minister of tourism and culture, will now be responsible only for cultural issues, and the minister of tourism is going to be Massimo Garavaglia (Lega). Elena Bonetti (Italia Viva), who was the minister of family in the previous government and stepped down, which was one of the factors that led to the crisis and the subsequent breakup of the government, retained her post.

The post of justice minister has been given to Marta Cartabia (independent), of defense minister to Lorenzo Guerini (Democratic Party), of economy and finance to Daniele Franco (Bank of Italy director general), of economic development to Giancarlo Giorgetti (Lega), of agriculture policies to Stefano Patuanelli (M5S, he was responsible for economic development in the previous government), of ecological transition to Roberto Cingolani (independent), of transport and infrastructure to Enrico Giovannini (independent), of labor and social policies to Andrea Orlando (PD), of education to Patrizio Bianchi (independent), of universities and research to Cristina Messa (independent).

As for the ministers without portfolio, Federico Dinca (M5S) was nominated for relations with the parliament, Vittorio Colao (independent) for technological innovation and digital transition, Renato Brunetta (Forza Italia) for public administration, Maria Stella Gelmini (Forza Italia) for general affairs and autonomies, Mara Carfagna (Forza Italia) for south and territorial cohesion, Fabiana Dadone (M5S) for youth policies, Erika Stefani (Lega) for disabilities, and Massimo Garavaglia (Lega) for coordination of touristic initiatives.

As a result, the new government is a true blend of political forces from the whole range of political spectrum (Forza Italia, Lega, PD, Italia Viva and M5S) and independents

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