Giorgia Meloni was named this Friday as the first female prime minister of Italy and chose his cabinet team, putting his stamp on the country’s most right-wing government since World War II. The leader of the Brothers of Italy, was victorious in the elections last month in alliance with forza italy of Silvio Berlusconi and the League of Matteo Salvini.
“Giorgia Meloni has accepted the mandate and has presented her list of ministers,” explained to the press the presidential official Ugo Zampettiafter Meloni met with Sergio Mattarella in his Quirinal Palace. The new government will formally take office on Saturday morning, after which it will face votes of confidence in both chambers of the new Parliament next week.
The new Italian government faces a series of major challenges, such as the impending recession in the eurozone’s third-largest economy, rising energy bills and the war in Ukraine. It will replace the government led by mario draghiwho attended this Friday a summit of the European Union in Brussels, in one of his last acts as prime minister.
The task of putting together the new team has proven far more turbulent than expected, as Berlusconi has repeatedly undermined Meloni’s authority since the election, Reuters reported. Nine ministries were given to Brothers in Italy, five each from Liga and Forza Italia. The technocrats were given another five cabinet posts.
Within the list of new officials there will be six women who will accompany the premier in her government. Meloni will deliver his first speech to the Italian Parliament next week, and must win votes of confidence from both its chambers before formally assuming full powers.