Draghi takes over as head of expanded government in Italy

ROME (Reuters) – Former European Central Bank president Mario Draghi on Friday agreed, in an interview with President Sergio Mattarella, to lead a new government in Italy.

The composition of his cabinet, unveiled in the process, illustrates his desire to mix “technocrats” and “politicians” within an enlarged government supported by a broad spectrum, from the center left to the hard right.

On the political side, Luigi di Maio, leader of the 5 Star Movement, retains the portfolio of Foreign Affairs, while Giancarlo Giorgetti, senior leader of the League, is appointed to Industry, and Andrea Orlando, of the Democratic Party, recovers the Ministry of Labor.

On the “technicians” side, Luciana Lamorgese remains at the head of the Ministry of the Interior, Daniele Franco, number two of the Bank of Italy, inherits from the Ministry of the Economy and Roberto Cingolani, a physicist specializing in artificial intelligence, is appointed head of a new ministry for ecological transition.

(Crispian Balmer; French version Jean-Stéphane Brosse)

Source: Challenges en temps réel : accueil by www.challenges.fr.

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