Mario Draghi forms new government in Italy


The government crisis, which started with the collapse of the coalition government led by Giuseppe Conte in January, has come to an end with the official establishment of the 67th government today.

Former President of the European Central Bank Draghi, who was given the task of forming the government by President Sergio Mattarella, went to the Presidential Palace Quirinale this evening, after nearly 10 days of consultations with political parties, trade unions and the business world, and presented a list of ministers with a broad participation.

After Mattarella approved the names to be in the cabinet, Draghi announced the 23-person cabinet list.

Accordingly, Draghi announced that he would support him in the parliament in the parliament; 4 from the 5 Stars Movement (M5S), 3 from the Democratic Party (PD), 3 from the League Party (Lega), 3 from Forza Italia (FI), Italia Viva A total of 15 political ministers, including 1 minister from (Iv) and 1 minister from Free and Equal (LeU), and 8 technocrat ministers will serve. There will be 8 women ministers in the cabinet.

5 ministers kept their place

Luigi Di Maio, Minister of Defense Lorenzo Guerini, Minister of Internal Affairs Luciana Lamorgese, Minister of Health Roberto Speranza, Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini, who served as foreign minister in the 2nd Government of Conte, also kept their places in the Draghi Government.

Draghi brought the Vice-President of the Central Bank of Italy, Daniele Franco, who was described as “loyal” in the press, to the Ministry of Economy, and Giancarlo Giorgetti, “number 2” of the far-right League Party, to the Ministry of Economic Development.

Mario Draghi appointed Stefano Patuanelli, one of the important names of M5S to the Ministry of Agriculture, Andrea Orlando, one of the heavy guns of the PD, to the Ministry of Labor, and Renato Brunetta, one of the important names of the FI Party, to the Ministry of Public Administration.

While Draghi included some new technocrats in his cabinet, he brought former Constitutional Court President Marta Cartabia to the Ministry of Justice, Patrizio Bianchi to the Ministry of Education, Enrico Giovannini to the Ministry of Transport, and Vittorio Colao to the newly created Ministry of Digital Transformation and Innovation.

Prime Minister Draghi and the ministers in his cabinet will take an oath at the presidency tomorrow. The Draghi Government will seek a vote of confidence in the upper house of parliament, the Senate, and the lower house of Representatives, next week.

Its priority will be in combating the epidemic

The Draghi Government is expected to officially take office by taking a vote of confidence without difficulty in terms of the number of seats of the political parties that support it in the parliament.

Under the leadership of the Draghi-led government, there will be issues such as combating the COVID-19 epidemic in which more than 93 thousand people died, accelerating vaccination efforts and determining the program for the use of the 209 billion euro rescue fund from the European Union.

The process leading to the Draghi Government

The “2nd Conte Government”, which started as a tripartite coalition of M5S, PD and LeU on September 5, 2019 and turned into a four-party coalition after the split of the PD and Iv emerged from it, entered a crisis on January 13, when Iv left the government.

In the government crisis deepened by Giuseppe Conte’s resignation from the prime ministry on January 26, efforts to reach a compromise between the coalition partners failed.

President Mattarella stated in a statement on February 2 that going to early elections during the epidemic period and the efforts to form a government afterwards will have negative effects on the country, and stated that a high-profile government should be established and appointed Draghi to form the new government.


Source: Dünya Gazetesi by www.dunya.com.

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