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UPDATE - Italy forms new coalition government

UPDATE - Italy forms new coalition government
Giuseppe Conte remains premier, Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio gets Foreign Ministry


By Baris Seckin

ROME (AA) - Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte formed a coalition government on Wednesday ending a month-long crisis in the country.

Conte, who last week got a fresh mandate from President Sergio Mattarella to form a government, announced a coalition of the populist Five Star Movement (M5S) and center-left Democratic Party (PD), while shutting out of power right-wing leader Matteo Salvini.

Following the meeting with the president, Conte told reporters details of the new Cabinet.

The list includes 10 ministers from Five Star, nine from PD, and one from the far-left Free and Equal (LEU) party.

A total of seven women ministers will serve in the new Cabinet.

Luigi Di Maio, leader of Five Star, was appointed foreign minister.

Lorenzo Guerini of PD will take up the role of defense minister.

The Interior Ministry will go to Luciana Lamorgese, the former governor of Milan.

Roberto Gualtieri from the PD will be the economy minister in Italy's new government, while Stefano Patuanelli from the M5S will serve as an economic development minister, Conte said.

Enzo Amendola from the PD to become a European affairs minister, he added.

Roberto Speranza from the LEU, the junior partner of the coalition, will take a seat at the Health Ministry.

Alfonso Bonafede from the M5S remained at his post of justice minister.

The new government will be sworn in on Thursday.

* Writing by Jeyhun Aliyev

source: News Feed
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