Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018

Letta expresses 'sober satisfaction' at govt team


Rome, April 27 - Italy's next premier Enrico Letta
said he was satisfied on Saturday at the relatively young team
of ministers he announced would be part of his left-right
coalition government that is set to end two months of political
The secretary of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's
centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party, Angelino Alfano,
will be deputy premier and interior minister in the government
that will be sworn in on Sunday.
Former European commissioner Emma Bonino, a senior member
of the small Radical Party, will be Italy's first woman foreign
Bank of Italy Director General Fabrizio Saccomanni will be
economy minister.
"I want to express my satisfaction, my sober satisfaction,
at the government team," Letta said.
He also voiced satisfaction that there will be lots of
women in the new cabinet, in addition to Bonino.
Anna Maria Cancellieri, the interior minister in outgoing
Premier Mario Monti's emergency technocrat government, switches
to justice minister.
Beatrice Lorenzin of the PdL will be health minister and
Josefa Idem, the 2000 K 1 500 kayak canoeing Olympic champion,
will be the minister for equal opportunities and sport.
As expected the new cabinet is relatively young and
features few PD and PdL heavyweights.
In part is a response to public disenchantment with the
established political class, which has been hit by a series of
corruption scandals and is widely seen to have failed to address
many of the country's economic woes.
This disenchantment was seen as a crucial factor in the
anti-establishment 5-Star Movement capturing around a quarter of
the vote in February's inconclusive general election.
Fresh faces in the cabinet may also help contribute to
positive climate, some experts say, after the bitterness of the
disputes between the PD and PdL big guns in recent years.

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