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Right-wing Meloni is sworn in as Italy’s first woman prime Minister By Stocksak

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© Stocksak. Italy’s newly elected Prime minister Giorgia Moloni reacts to the swearing in ceremony at the Quirinale Presidential Palace. Rome, Italy, October 22, 20,22. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

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Angelo Amante & Crispian Balmer

ROME (Stocksak), -Giorgia Melloni was sworn into office as Italy’s first female prime minister Saturday, along with her cabinet team. This gave the country its most right-leaning government in history since World War Two.

With Italy’s debt-laden economy heading into recession again, firms buckled under the weight soaring energy costs, and divisions within her alliance over the war with Ukraine, she takes office at an especially difficult moment.

Meloni, 6, took her oath under the frescoed crystal chandeliers of the presidential palace. Her 6-year-old daughter was watching.

Meloni is the head of the nationalist Brothers of Italy and won an election last month. He was part of a coalition that also included Forza Italia, led former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Matteo Salvini’s anti-immigrant League.

Her government, the 12th of this century, replaces the national unity administration led by Mario Draghi (ex-CEB chief), who was at the forefront European Union efforts to sanction Russia following its invasion of Ukraine in February.

While Meloni has vowed support for Ukraine, Berlusconi consistently undercuts her. Berlusconi, who earlier this week blamed Kyiv for the war, revealed that he had sent sweet letters and gifts to his old friend, Russian President Vladimir Putin.

After days of intense talks, Meloni revealed her team on Friday. She gave five ministries each to Forza Italia (League) and Forza Italia (Forza League). Meloni also reserved nine cabinet posts for herself.

The rest of the 24-strong squad is made up of technocrats. There are only six women in the squad and the average age is 60.

Giancarlo Giorgetti is a moderate member in the League and was given responsibility for Italy’s persistently weak economy, and its ballooning national debt. Antonio Tajani, a Forza Italia veteran and pro-European dove, was given the Foreign Ministry.

Tajani stated to a local television station that his first act would have been to call his Ukrainian counterpart and assure him of Italy’s continued solidarity.

‘PATRIOTS COMING TO POT’

Meloni’s party has neofascist roots but she sought to project a moderate appearance during the election campaign. She dropped anti EU rhetoric and pledged to keep Italy in the center of European and Western institutions.

On Saturday, the leaders of the European Commission in Brussels sent her messages congratulating her.

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the Commission, wrote on Twitter that she “counts on and looks forward to constructive cooperation avec the new government on our challenges together.”

Meloni was also praised by Europe’s conservative nationalists who hope that her government will be a strong ally in their ongoing battles with Brussels.

“Congratulations Giorgia, Meloni, on the formation your government!” It’s a big day for the European Right! Viktor Orban, the Hungarian Prime Minister, wrote on Twitter.

Marine Le Pen, the French far-right leader, tweeted: “All across Europe patriots are coming into power.”

After Draghi’s formal handover, Meloni will hold her first cabinet meeting.

She will then have to face mandatory confidence votes in parliament during the week, which she will easily win due to her comfortable majority.

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