Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018

Letta hails strong cabinet with 'record' women presence


(By Paul Virgo)
Rome, April 27 - Italy's next premier Enrico Letta
on Saturday hailed his relatively young, new cabinet, saying it
marked a landmark for women's participation in an executive.
A third of the cabinet that will be sworn in on Sunday -
seven out of 21 ministers - are women.
The executive feature ministers from Letta's centre-left
Democratic Party (PD), ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of
Freedom (PdL) party and outgoing Premier Mario Monti's Civil
Choice party, along with several highly respected institutional
"I want to express my satisfaction, my sober satisfaction,
at the government team," Letta said.
"Skills have been put at the service of the country to
create a team that has a record female presence and sees the
cabinet rejuvenated".
The women government members include Cecile Kyenge, a
doctor who was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is
set to become Italy's first black minister.
The 48-year-old PD MP will be Integration minister.
"Letta's decision represents a key step for concrete change
in Italy and for the way of seeing the integration that is
already present in the country," said Kyenge.
Josefa Idem, another PD MP, will be the first Olympian to
be part of an Italian cabinet.
The German-born former athlete, who took part in eight
Olympics up to last the 2012 London Games and won gold in the K
1 500 kayak canoeing at the 2000 Games in Sydney, will be the
minister for equal opportunities and sport.
One of the government's most important positions, foreign
minister, has gone to former European commissioner Emma Bonino,
a senior member of the small Radical Party.
Anna Maria Cancellieri, the interior minister in outgoing
Premier Mario Monti's emergency technocrat government, switches
to justice minister.
PdL lawmakers Beatrice Lorenzin and Nunzia De Girolamo take
over at the ministries of health and agriculture respectively
and the PD's Maria Chiara Carrozza becomes education minister.
As expected the new cabinet is relatively young and
features few PD and PdL heavyweights.
The most senior PdL member of the cabinet is party
Secretary Angelino Alfano, who will be deputy premier and
interior minister.
In part this 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.
The other PdL ministers are Senator Gaetano Quagliariello
(Constitutional reform) and Maurizio Lupi (infrastructure).
From his own party, Letta selected in addition to the
previously mentioned - Padua Mayor Flavio Zanonato (industry),
Andrea Orlando (environment), Graziano Delrio (regional
affairs), Massimo Bray (culture and tourism) and Carlo Trigilia
(territorial cohesion).
Among the non-political figures in the government is Bank
of Italy Director General Fabrizio Saccomanni, who will be
economy minister.
Enrico Giovannini, the president of national statistics
agency Istat, takes over at the labour ministry, and Filippo
Patroni Griffi, civil service minister under Monti, will become
cabinet undersecretary.
Monti's European Affairs Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi
keeps his job and Civic Choice's Senate whip Mario Mauro becomes
defence minister.
Gianpiero D'Alia of the centrist UDC party that supports
the outgoing premier becomes civil service minister.

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