Conservative Giorgia Meloni sworn in as Italy's new prime minister

A conservadora Giorgia Meloni toma posse como nova primeira-ministra da Itália
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Conservative leader of the right-wing Brothers of Italy party, Giorgia Meloni, was sworn in this Saturday as the country’s new prime minister, thus becoming the first woman to occupy this position in history, in an official ceremony before the Italian head of state, Sergio Mattarella.

“I swear to be faithful to the Republic, to faithfully comply with the Constitution and the laws, and to exercise my mandate and my functions in the exclusive interest of the nation”, Meloni pronounced before Mattarella in the Hall of Feasts of the Quirinal Palace, in Rome. .22083631

Then Meloni signed the decree of his appointment and led the possession of its ministers. The first to assume their new positions were their two vice-presidents, Matteo Salvini and Antonio Tajani, respective exponents of the right-wing parties Liga and Força Italia, the other two parties of the coalition that won the elections of 25 of September.

In Meloni’s government, Salvini will also occupy the portfolio of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility, while Tajani will be responsible for Foreign Affairs.

The oath was attended by all the ministers and, as required by protocol, the undersecretary of the presidency of the government, Alfredo Mantovano, one of the most influential positions in the cabinet and which will take office during the first Council of Ministers this Sunday.

The ceremony was also attended by relatives of the members of the new government and in the front row were Meloni’s companion, journalist Andrea Giambruno, and his daughter ha, five-year-old Ginevra.22083631

The Meloni government is divided between the three parties of the right-wing coalition that won the September 25 general elections : eight ministers from the Brothers of Italy, four from Salvini’s League and five from Silvio Berlusconi’s Força Italia, in addition to nine technicians.22083631

This Sunday, the transfer of powers will take place with the outgoing prime minister, Mario Draghi, and Meloni will chair the Council of Ministers for the first time.

Then it will be time for the Executive to take office in the two seats of Parliament, the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies , a mere formalism, since the right has an absolute majority.

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