The president and acting prime minister of Italy, Sergio Mattarella and Giuseppe Conte, respectively – TWITTER OF THE PRESIDENCY OF ITALY
The leaders of the M5S and the PD applaud the composition of a cabinet repudiated instead by Salvini
The new Italian Coalition Government, consisting of the 5 Star Movement (M5S) and the Democratic Party (PD), will take office on Thursday, with Giuseppe Conte as prime minister and the leader of the anti-system formation, Luigi di Maio, as minister Foreign.
Conte met Wednesday with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in the Quirinale to inform him that, as he had been in charge, he is ready to form a Government. “We will dedicate all our energies, skills and passion to make Italy a better country,” he told the media.
The new Conte Cabinet, which he will repeat as prime minister, will have nine members of the PD and eleven of the M5S. Di Maio, leader of the M5S who in the previous Executive acted as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Labor, will now assume the portfolio of Foreign Affairs, while Economy or Defense will go to the PD.
Di Maio explained on Facebook that he is a “brave and ambitious” cabinet and among his priorities as a new head of diplomacy he has cited the “internationalization” of the Italian economic economic system, migratory flows and the approach to Africa and emerging economies.
The Ministry of Interior, so far in the hands of the leader of the League, Matteo Salvini, will fall to Luciana Lamorgese, former mayor of Milan with extensive experience in public service, so she is seen as a technocrat, according to the Italian press .
The composition of the new Government has been solved in a meeting of almost three hours in the Chigi Palace between Conte and the leaders of PD, M5S and LeU, a minor party of the Italian left. The inauguration will be Thursday at 10 am at the Quirinale.
The day before, the two main parties agreed to a 16-point government program that includes an expansionist budget, the so-called 'Google rate', a minimum wage and increase spending on education, research and welfare.
The alliance between the PD and the M5S, once rivals, has prevented the early elections that would have forced the power vacuum generated by the rupture of the previous government coalition between the M5S and the League.
The leader of the PD, Nicola Zingaretti, has celebrated in social networks the formation of a government of “much change” that, apart from a programmatic agreement, has also managed to “stop Salvini”. “The mere announcement of this phase is already making Italy regain prominence in Europe,” he said.
For his part, the leader of the League has spared no criticism for an agreement that leaves him out of the Executive and that implies a “record of ministers and armchairs.” Salvini, who has accused his political rivals of having “fear” of early elections, has warned the M5S and the PD that “they cannot escape the Italians for a long time.”
“Meanwhile, we limit his damage and prepare to win again. I don't give up!” Salvini has sentenced on his Twitter account.