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Giorgia Meloni has now been tasked by the country’s president with forming a new cabinet

Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Friday gave new Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni the mandate to form a government. The new cabinet is expected to be sworn in on Saturday.

The new coalition government is expected to be formed by several right-wing parties, including Meloni’s Brothers of Italy (FdI), Matteo Salvini’s League party and the Forza Italia party, led by the veteran politician and ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi.

“We are ready to govern Italy” a statement posted on Meloni’s official Facebook page reads. “We will be able to face the emergencies and challenges of our time with awareness and competence.

The new composition of the cabinet has already been announced, with the FdI receiving nine ministries, while the other two coalition members get five each. The formation of the government comes after two days of official consultations, marred by a scandal over Berlusconi’s leaked speech at a party meeting.

The explosive remarks, the authenticity of which was confirmed to media by Forza on Thursday, included revelations such as Berlusconi reconnecting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the two swapping “sweet” letters and gifts despite ongoing tensions between Rome and Moscow over the ongoing conflict. According to Berlusconi, Putin calls him “the first of his five true friends.”

Berlusconi also challenged the position favored by the West on hostilities, accusing Kyiv of inciting conflict by reneging on a peace plan for eastern Ukraine. The scandal, sparked by the leaks, however, apparently did not affect the formation of the coalition government.

The FDI garnered the most votes on September 25 in snap elections triggered by the fall of Prime Minister Mario Draghi. The previous government was unable to agree on how to deal with the economic problems facing Italy, such as soaring inflation and the fight against the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. 19.

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