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New government is formed in Italy

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The new Italian government formed Wednesday will take an oath Thursday.

The new Italian government led by a majority of Social Democrats and Five Stars (M5S) has been formed and presented to President Sergio Mattarella, said Wednesday Secretary General Ugo Zampetti after a month of political crisis.

As expected, the heavyweights of the Democratic Party (PD, center-left) and the 5 Stars Movement (anti-system) share the main morocco, the political leader of the movement, Luigi Di Maio, becoming the new Italian Foreign Minister.

The other sensitive position in the current situation, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, goes to the MEP Roberto Gualtieri.

“With a future-oriented program, we will devote our best energies, skills and passion to making Italy better for the benefit of all citizens,” said Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte , introducing his team.

The Conte 2 government, born after a month of political crisis, will officially take office Thursday after an oath provided at 08:00 in the Quirinal Palace, seat of the presidency of the Republic.

He will then, in the next few days, also gain the confidence of both houses of Parliament.

It was the head of the League, the sovereignist Matteo Salvini , who had exploded August 8 the ruling coalition, based on a majority grouping the M5S and the League. He had motivated this sudden and unexpected break with multiple refusals that the M5S was opposed to on major projects or on his economic policy.

The ex-prefect of Milan, Luciana Lamborgese, without political label, will have the delicate task of succeeding the head of the Ministry of the Interior to Matteo Salvini, who spent the 14 months of his mandate to harden the Italian migration policy to coup decrees forbidding Italian waters to migrant boats and punishing NGOs for helping them.

Another heavyweight of the PD, Lorenzo Guerini, close to the former head of government Matteo Renzi, has been appointed to the post of Defense Minister.

In order to broaden the parliamentary base of the new government, Giuseppe Conte also involved the small left-wing party Liberi e Uguali (LEU – Free and Equal), one of whose leaders, Roberto Speranza, won the Health Portfolio.

The M5S also retains certain ministries that it held in the previous government, such as Justice, Environment or Economic Development.

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