The new Italian government under Prime Minister-designate Mario Draghi stands. The 73-year-old Draghi, ex-head of the European Central Bank (ECB), informed the head of state Sergio Mattarella on Friday evening in Rome about the list of ministers. The swearing-in takes place on Saturday at 12 noon.
The new cabinet of 23 members includes 15 political ministers from the ranks of the populist Five Star Movement, the Social Democrats (PD), the right-wing Lega, the conservative Forza Italia, the left Leu party (Liberi e uguali) and the splinter party Italia Viva at. Eight non-party experts also take on ministerial posts.
The independent director general of the Italian central bank, Daniele Franco, becomes minister of economics. The non-party interior minister Luciana Lamorgese remains in office. The re is no change in the foreign minister either, the top politician of the five star movement Luigi Di Maio remains chief diplomat. Culture Minister Dario Franceschini, a leading figure in the Social Democrats, and Health Minister Roberto Speranza are also allowed to continue to hold their ministerial posts. The respected ex-President of the Constitutional Court Marta Cartabia is promoted to Justice Minister.
The right-wing League is represented by three ministers. Giancarlo Giorgetti, number two in the party, is promoted to industry minister. Erika Stefani becomes Minister for the Inclusion of People with Disabilities. In addition, the Lega takes over the Ministry of Tourism with Massimo Garavaglia. A “Ministry for Ecological Transition” will be introduced, which will be held by the manager Roberto Cingolani, top manager of the semi-state armaments company Leonardo. Well-known telecom entrepreneur Vittorio Colao becomes Minister for the Digital Transition.
Forza Italia is also there
Forza Italia around expremier Silvio Berlusconi also received some ministerial posts. For example, the former education minister in the Berlusconi government, Maria Stella Gelmini, is becoming the new regional minister. Forza Italia top politician Renato Brunetta is again taking over the post of Minister for Public Administration, a post he had already held. Forza Italia MP, Mara Carfagna, becomes Minister for Southern Italy.
After being sworn in, the new Italian cabinet, the third of the legislative period that began in March 2018, must now receive parliamentary support. It is still unclear when the vote of confidence will take place in both chambers of parliament.
On Thursday, the five stars removed a crucial obstacle on the way to the new government: In an online vote, around 59 percent of the participating members voted for the alliance with Draghi.
Italy has been without a fully functioning government for almost a month amid the Corona crisis and severe recession. Prime Minister Conte announced his resignation after the center-left coalition he led broke up in the dispute over the use of the European Union’s Corona aid funds. Last week, President Mattarella instructed Draghi to form a unity government. (apa)