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Draghi takes over as PM from Italy. Count “don’t regret anything”

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This Saturday Mario Draghi was sworn in as Prime Minister of Italy by the head of state, Sergio Mattarella, who commissioned him to form a government after the crisis triggered during the resignation of Giuseppe Conte on 26 January.

“I swear to be faithful to the Republic, to loyally comply with the Constitution and laws and to exercise my functions in the exclusive interest of the nation,” he declared before Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinale Roman Palace.

After Draghi, former president of the European Central Bank (ECB), 23 ministers of his government are beginning to take office, including renowned technicians who will take on important portfolios such as Economy, Interior or Energy Transition.

Draghi said he had accepted the invitation of the Italian President, Sergio Mattarella, to assume the post of Prime Minister of Italy, after having guaranteed the support of almost all parties represented in Parliament.

The 73-year-old economist replaces Giuseppe Conte, who resigned after Matteo Renzi’s Italia Viva party, a coalition partner, left the government, leaving him without a majority in Parliament.

Draghi accepted, “albeit with reservations”, the task of forming a government, after Conte’s resignation, nine days earlier, a prudence that he justified by wanting to see, first, what support he could obtain to govern.

Conte abandons “a great experience”

The former Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, classified this Saturday as “a great experience ”his almost 1,000 days in power, in statements to the Italian news portal Fanpage, shortly after his term officially ended.

“It was a great experience, I hope it also made me a better person,” he said on arrival at home in Rome, with his wife Olivia Palladino, shortly after passing the testimony to his successor, Mario Draghi, former governor of European central bank.

Conte also said, in response to journalists, who doesn’t regret anything.

The now ex-prime minister of Italy became president of the Council in June 2018, elected by the Five Star Movement as head of the coalition executive with the far-right Northern League.

After a hectic summer in 2019, during which the leader of the Northern League, Matteo Salvini, overturned the Government alliance, Conte was again nominated to lead a coalition executive, this time between the Five Star Movement and the Democratic Party, on the left, which lasted until this Saturday.

There were 988 days in power, with two distinct periods, during which he ceased to be a virtually unknown lawyer to one of the most identifiable faces, mainly due to frequent declarations during the management of the covid-19 pandemic.

This Saturday he left the Chigi Palace in Rome under applause from officials.

The future of Conte is unknown, which reached high levels of popularity in the government in the early days of the pandemic, even though it was forced to enact very restrictive restrictive measures, says the Spanish agency, Efe.

In recent times there has been speculation about the possibility of come to form a party own or try to leadership of the Five Star Movement, but none of the rumors had any confirmation. On February 4, when his replacement by Draghi at the head of the Italian executive was known, he addressed the party saying, without clarifying the meaning of the declaration: “I am and I will be”.

Costa considers Italy “essential for Europe’s future”

The Portuguese Prime Minister, António Costa, wished the “greatest happiness” to his new Italian counterpart, Mario Draghi, considering that Italy’s success is “essential for the future of Europe”.

“I wish Mario Draghi the best of luck. Italy’s success is essential to Europe’s success. Portugal and Italy are very close countries. We will work together on building a Europe with solidary and effective solutions for the challenges we face ”, wrote António Costa, in a post on the social network Twitter in Portuguese, English and Italian.

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