Conte gets mandate for ‘govt of change’

Jun 1, 2018 9:12 am

Tria econ min, Savona EU, Moavero FM, Salvini, Di Maio deputy PM. Italian prime minister-designate Giuseppe Conte

Law professor Giuseppe Conte got a mandate as premier from President Sergio Mattarella Thursday and said his 18 new ministers, five of them women, would be sworn in Friday afternoon for a “government of change”.

Accepting the mandate, he said the new government would work to lift Italian living standards. “We will work intensely to achieve the political objectives anticipated in the (government) contract, we will work with determination to improve the quality of the lives of all the Italians”.

The government comes 88 days after the inconclusive March 4 general election and Mattarella said “a complex iteinerary has concluded”.

The government rests on an alliance and government contract between anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio and anti-migrant Euroskeptic League leader Matteo Salvini.

Both will be deputy premiers and hold key ministries: Salvini at interior where he will implement a promised crackdown on undocumented migrants, and Di Maio at a new joint industry and labour ministry.

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