Friday, June 18, 2021

Mario Draghi, former head of European Central Bank, to be sworn in as Italy’s PM

Mario Draghi has formally accepted the role of Italy’s next prime minister and will be sworn in on Saturday.

Mr Draghi, the ex-head of the European Central Bank, has named his cabinet after meeting the Italian president.

He 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.

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, Mr Draghi now has backing across the broad political spectrum.

It 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.

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