Mario Draghi will take the reins of the Italian Government with the support of the main political parties. The new government will be sworn in on Saturday, followed by votes of confidence in both houses of Parliament, scheduled for early next week.
Draghi announced on Friday a government made up of 23 ministries, 15 of them granted to the heterogeneous majority of parties that support him, but other important ones such as Economy or Innovation entrusted to technicians. That same day, he met with the president, Sergio Matarella, to formally accept the order to govern and thus settle the political crisis opened by the resignation of Giuseppe Conte due to lack of support on January 26.
He appointed a former collaborator and close ally, Daniele Franco, as Minister of Economy and Finance. Roberto Speranza as Minister of Health, Lucia Lamorgese as Minister of the Interior, Lorenzo Guerrini as Minister of Defense and Dario Franceschini as Minister of Culture, maintain their current positions. So does Luigi Di Maio, leader of the populist 5 Star Movement, the party with a majority in parliament.
Likewise, the former president of the European Central Bank included Matteo Salvini’s La Liga in his cabinet, which will have three portfolios: that of Economic Development, of great weight, for Giancarlo Giorgetti; Tourism for Massimo Garavaglia and that of Disability for Erika Stefani.
The final step will be the investiture in the two seats of Parliament, the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, which could take place next Tuesday, although it has not yet been made official.
But it will be a simple procedure, since this economist called to be prime minister can count on one of the largest and most heterogeneous majorities in the country’s republican history.
The urgency of prioritizing the pandemic again on the political agenda
Italy is at a critical juncture in its fight against the health and economic consequences of the pandemic, which hit the country hard for the first time almost a year ago.
Draghi will be tasked with implementing the recovery funds from the European Union. 200,000 million euros allocated to relaunch the Italian economy, badly damaged by an almost total closure of seven weeks last spring and by the progressive restrictions starting in autumn.
It will also have to face the pandemic and vaccination campaigns.
Italy registers almost 2,700,000 cases and a little more than 93,000 deaths in total since the detection of the first case in the country