Government Giorgia Meloni, the first female prime minister with a team of 24 ministers

“I started doing politics the day after the Via D’Amelio massacre and now I’m climbing this ladder and there are images of Paolo Borsellino. It’s a circle that closes.” Giorgia Meloni says in a low voice, looking at the photographs exhibited in Montecitorio to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the massacres in which Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino lost their lives. She is about to leave the Chamber towards the end of a day also destined to enter forever into the pages of the history books.

The leader of the Brothers of Italy, accepting the task given to her by the Head of State Sergio Mattarella to form the government, becomes the first female Prime Minister of the Italian Republic. Its executive will be composed of 24 ministers, the vice rookies will be the national coordinator of the FI, Antonio Tajani, and the secretary of the League, Matteo Salvini. The former, having overcome the turmoil linked to Silvio Berlusconi’s statements, will also be Minister of Foreign Affairs while the captain will go towards sustainable infrastructure and mobility. The undersecretary of the presidency will be Alfredo Mantovano.

As assured from the first moment after the elections of last September 25, Meloni wasted no time. He accepted the post without reservation, immediately bringing to Colle that list of ministers meticulously assembled during the close negotiations with the allies that had taken place in recent weeks. Allies-Matteo Salvini and Silvio Berlusconi-with whom he presented at the time of the lightning consultations held in the morning at the Quirinale. Less than ten minutes face-to-face with Mattarella to confirm that concept launched in the middle of the electoral campaign: “We are ready”.

Wearing a blue suit, matching shirt, cell phone and calendar tightly in his hands, Meloni reiterated “the need to give the nation a new government in the shortest possible time.” And from words to deeds. Tomorrow at the Quirinale (at 10 am) he will swear together with the government team. The traditional handover ceremony (with the rite of the bell) between outgoing President Mario Draghi – with whom he had already had a phone conversation before Meloni met with the presidents – will take place on Sunday morning at 10:30 am at Palazzo Chigi. of the Chambers – and the new prime minister. The first meeting of the Council of Ministers will take place at 12:00.

Council that will be composed of 18 men and 6 women. The ‘pink’ share in the Meloni government is therefore equal to 25%. The largest representation, as expected, is that of Fdi with 9 departments, while five on each side are in Lega and Forza Italia stocks. Five technicians entered, without boxes for the ‘centrists’ of moderate nodes. In addition to Tajani and Salvini, the ministers with portfolios will be Matteo Piantedosi (Internal), Carlo Nordio (Justice), Guido Crosetto (Defense), Giancarlo Giorgetti (Mef), Adolfo Urso (Companies and made in Italy), Francesco Lollobrigida (Agriculture and food sovereignty), Marina Elvira Calderone (Work and social policies), Giuseppe Valditara (Education and merit), Annamaria Bernini (University), Gennaro Sangiuliano (Culture), Orazio Schillaci (Health), Daniela Santanché (Tourism) and Gilberto Pichetto Fratin ( environment and energy security). The name of the latter, due to a transcription error in the writing of the list of ministers, was initially reversed with that of Paolo Zangrillo, who will now be in charge of Public Administration. The other ministers without portfolio will therefore be Luca Ciriani (Relations with Parliament), Roberto Calderoli (Regional and Autonomy Affairs), Raffaele Fitto (European Affairs, Territorial Cohesion Policies and Pnrr), Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati (Institutional Reforms) , Andrea Abodi (Sports and Youth), Alessandra Locatelli (Disability), Nello Musumeci (South and Sea Policy) and Eugenia Maria Roccella (Family, Birth, Equal Opportunities). In total, the senators co-opted into the government team will be 9 (Urso, Zangrillo, Salvini, Bernini, Santanché, Ciriani, Calderoli, Musumeci, Casellati). And at Palazzo Madama, where the majority is 104, the center-right coalition can count on 115 votes.

Source: IL Tempo