New Italian government sworn in

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On Thursday morning the swearing in took place of Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte new cabinet, at the presidential palace in Rome.

Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte unveiled his new cabinet on Wednesday, uniting two rival political parties in an unlikely coalition between the anti-establishment

Five Star Movement (M5S) and the center-left Democratic Party (PD), and shutting out the right-wing League Party and its leader, Matteo Salvini.

The coalition is expected to improve EU relations and soften the country’s stance on immigration.

Conte said the fresh government would work with “intense passion” to bolster beleaguered Italy’s spirits. The country has faced high rates of debt and unemployment and general dissatisfaction over immigration and Italy’s relationship with Brussels.

Conte named Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio as foreign minister. At 33 years old, Di Maio will be the youngest foreign minister in Italy’s history.

New Italian coalition government formed by M5S and center-left PD
epa07818689 Ministers of the new Italian government pose for a family photo with Italian President Sergio Mattarella (6-L) and Premier Giuseppe Conte (7-L) after their swearing-in ceremony at Quirinal Palace, Rome, Italy, 05 September 2019. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s new government is a coalition between the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) and the center-left Democratic Party (PD) that will have 21 ministers, 10 from the M5S, nine from the PD and one from the small leftwing Free and Equal (LeU) party, media reported. EPA-EFE/ALESSANDRO DI MEO

As finance minister, the prime minister appointed Roberto Gualtieri from the Democratic Party. The first order of pressing business for Gualtieri, who chaired the European Parliament’s committee on economic and monetary affairs for five years, will be dealing with the upcoming budget.

Luciana Lamorgese, a former Milan security chief and top civil servant with no political affiliation will serve as the new interior minister, replacing far-right League leader Matteo Salvini.

The 21-member cabinet will include seven women ministers.

To see the full Cabinet list press here

 Conte was tasked with forming a new coalition by the country’s president, Sergio Mattarella, six days ago.

Via ANSA/Reuters

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