Draghi accepts mandate to be premier, presents ministers

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(ANSA) – ROME, FEB 12 – Incoming Premier Mario Draghi told President Sergio Mattarella that he has accepted a mandate to form a new government and presented a list of ministers that he was proposing to the head of State.
    Mattarella gave Draghi a mandate to form a government last week after outgoing Premier Giuseppe Conte’s executive collapsed.
    Mattarella called on all the parties in parliament to get behind a government led by a non-political figure to avoid having to have snap elections in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, with Italy holding the presidency of the G20 this year and co-chairing the COP-26 UN Climate Summit with the UK.
    Italy must also finalize its plan on how to use over 200 billion euros in grants and low-interest loans it is set to get from the EU’s COVID-19 Recovery Fund.
    All the parties in parliament, except for the right-wing Brothers of Italy (FdI) group, have agreed to back a Draghi administration.
    This means no one party will be able to bring down Draghi’s government on its own. Eight of the 23 ministers in the new government are non-political experts. They are Marta Cartabia (Justice), Luciana Lamorgese (Interior); Vittorio Colao (Technological Innovation); Daniele Franco (Economy), Roberto Cingolani (Environment and Ecological Transition); Enrico Giovannini (Infrastructure and Transport), Patrizio Bianchi (Education) e Cristina Messa (University). Eight are women and 15 are men. The women are Cartabia, Lamorgese, Mariastella Gelmini, Mara Carfagna, Fabiana Dadone, Elena Bonetti, Erika Stefani and Cristina Messa. The men are Dario Franceschini, Andrea Orlando, Federico D’Incà, Colao, Renato Brunetta, Massimo Garavaglia, Luigi Di Maio, Lorenzo Guerini, Franco, Giancarlo Giorgetti, Stefano Patuanelli, Roberto Cingolani, Giovannini, Patrizio Bianchi and Roberto Speranza.(ANSA).


++ Draghi accepts premier mandate, presents ministers ++

Draghi’s cabinet


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