Mario Draghi to be sworn in as Italy’s prime minister
Published: 11:42 AM, 13 February 2021 Updated: 11:43 AM, 13 February 2021
Mario Draghi, the former head of the European Central Bank, has formally accepted the role of Italy’s next prime minister and will be sworn in on Saturday; Photo: Collected
Mario Draghi, the former head of the European Central Bank, has formally accepted the role of Italy’s next prime minister and will be sworn in on Saturday. He already fixed his cabinet after meeting the Italian president.
According to BBC, the former head of the European Central Bank has secured the support of almost all the main political parties, following the collapse of the previous administration last month.
It was thrown into chaos amid a row over how to spend EU coronavirus recovery funds. Italy is still grappling with the pandemic and is also facing its worst economic crisis in decades.
The country has recorded more than 93,000 deaths, the sixth-highest death toll in the world.
After receiving the support of the largest group in parliament, the Five Star Movement, Draghi now has backing across the broad political spectrum - which means he will have a large enough majority to push through his agenda.
A senior figure in the Five Star Movement, Luigi Di Maio, will stay on as foreign minister in his cabinet. Giancarlo Giorgetti, a senior figure in the populist far-right League party, will be industry minister and Andrea Orlando, from the centre-left Democratic Party, will be labour minister.