Published: Sun, June 03, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

Political deadlock ends in Italy as new cabinet gets sworn

Political deadlock ends in Italy as new cabinet gets sworn

The leaders have again nominated Giuseppe Conte as Prime Minister in Rome's populist government.

On Thursday evening President Sergio Mattarella gave a mandate for the second time to Giuseppe Conte - the populists' pick for prime minister.

Mattarella then named Carlo Cottarelli, a pro-austerity economist formerly with the International Monetary Fund, to lead a technocrat government, with another election likely in the autumn. But on Wednesday, Cottarelli said in a statement that "new possibilities for the birth of a political government have emerged" during his consultations. "It avoids the uncertainty of new elections". French far-right leader Marine Le Pen tweeted: "Bravo to the coalition". He's also shared anti-immigrant memes on social media. League chief Matteo Salvini, a hardline anti-migrant figure, was appointed interior minister, and has pledged the deportations of irregular migrants and a crackdown on people smuggling.

Ministers are drawn from both the anti-establishment Five Star (M5S) and the right-wing League.

28 May: In a day of rapidly moving events, Mr Conte takes his cabinet choices to Mr Mattarella but the president vetoes the choice of Paolo Savona as finance minister.

"We have full confidence in the capacity and willingness of the new government to engage constructively with its European partners and EU institutions to uphold Italy's central role in the common European project", Andreeva said.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday told a conference that he loved Italy, but refused to accept the frequent blame by Italian politicians that Italy's ills are the EU's fault.

The eurosceptic coalition also promises a series of measures to reign in the European Union including renegotiation of European Union treaties and a review of the bloc's economic governance on issues such as the single currency.

Offering the new government cautious support was Italy's far-right, neo-fascist CasaPound party, which held its own Republic Day commemoration Saturday.

Italy's political instability over the last few months has put other EU members on edge, concerned that this new government may leave the union and the Euro, which could precipitate the collapse of the EU.

Promoting an "Italy first" agenda that has alarmed the European political establishment, the government aims to cut taxes, boost welfare spending and overhaul European rules on budgets and immigration.

5-Star leader Luigi Di Maio, who had called for the head of state to be impeached, will become the Labour and Industry Minister.

Born in the southern region of Puglia, Conte lives in Florence where he teaches civil law at the University of Florence.

Could tensions arise between the Five Star Movement and the Lega following the formation of a government? He was mentioned as a potential Public Administration minister in the event that the Five Star Movement won a clear majority.

Further failure to agree on a prime minister will almost surely result in another national election soon.

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