Draghi wraps up govt, presents his 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 on Friday and presented a list of
ministers to the head of State.
    The new government will be sworn in at midday on Saturday.
    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
    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.
    The rest of the cabinet is made up of figures from the wide
range of parties across the political spectrum that are
supporting the government
Four are from the 5-Star Movement (M5S), while the centre-left
Democratic Party (PD), Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia (FI) and
Matteo Salvini’s League have three each.
    Ex-premier Matteo Renzi’s centrist Italia Viva (IV) and the
left-wing LeU group have one each.
    Eight ministers are women and 15 are men.
    Seven of the ministers were part of outgoing Premier Giuseppe
Conte’s government.
    The average age of the new cabinet is 54 and a half.
    Draghi is the oldest at 73, while Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio
is the youngest at 34,
. (ANSA).


Draghi’s cabinet

Factbox: Draghi’s cabinet


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