Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Conte and cabinet sworn in at Quirinale Palace

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Lisa Bryan | 06 June, 2018, 02:14

Realizing he did not have the political support, Cottarelli stepped aside and let the two populist parties resume their plan to form a government.

The deal will bring at least temporary calm to a political crisis that has roiled Italy for weeks.

A formation of the new government will at least temporarily allay those concerns, because it will - for now - remove the threat that snap elections will be called later this summer, a prospect which anxious investors because it could have bolstered anti-EU parties.

Journalist Laura Silvia Battaglia speaks to TRT World about Italy's new government and its impact.

"Without promising any miracles, I can say that, after the first months of this government of change, I would like us to have a country with a little less tax and a little more security, a few more jobs and a few less illegal immigrants", a gleeful Salvini said at a rally.

New Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and his cabinet - the first populist government in an EU-founding member - were sworn in by President Sergio Mattarella at the presidential palace.

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The key economy ministry went to a mainstream economist, Giovanni Tria, who is close to the center-right Forza Italia party of ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi.

Its new coalition partner Five Star Movement, led by Luigi Di Maio, has also called for a renegotiation of the EU's strict fiscal rules.


The last-minute compromise appointment of Giovanni Tria as economy minister was aimed at calming European Union leaders' jitters.

To speed up deportations - of which there were just 6,500 in 2017 - Salvini will have to increase the number of detention centres and sign agreements with origin countries, many of which are not eager to re-receive their citizens.

Italian financial markets jumped on the announcement of the new government formed by the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and nationalist League, whose ministers began taking the oath at the presidential palace at 4 pm.

While both parties are populist in nature, and have railed against Brussels and Italian "elites", they have always been natural opponents in politics.

Italy's president swore in western Europe's first populist government Friday, featuring a mix of anti-establishment and right-wing ministers who have promised an "Italy first" agenda that has alarmed Europe's political establishment.

Mattarella rejected Conte's original choice for economy minister but a different candidate was agreed on Thursday.

Salvini campaigned on a pledge to deport about 500,000 migrants from North Africa living illegally in Italy, with the near-bankrupt government subsidizing their care to the tune of billions.

The Frecce Tricolori air force aerobatic demonstration team flies Saturday over the monument to the unknown soldier during ceremonies in Rome, marking.

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