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Italian cabinet comes together

Italian cabinet comes together
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After two months of political wrangling, newly-appointed Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta has formed a new cabinet.

He brings together his own Democratic Party members and opposition members from former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right People of Freedom Party.

Letta was in upbeat mood about the team. Speaking at a press conference, he said:

“It’s a team of ministers that is very competent, that is young, and also includes a record number of women, for me that is one of the greatest satisfactions.”

Letta was charged with bringing together a cohesive government by President Giorgio Napolitano, who himself was only inaugurated about a week ago.

In a sign that Letta is willing to build on his reputation as a bridge-builder, Angelino Alfano from People of Freedom party was appointed Deputy Prime Minister.

Fabrizio Saccomanni, the Italian Central Bank’s experienced director-general will head up the powerful Economy Ministry.

And the post of Justice Minister went to Anna Maria Cancellieri, a member of the outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti’s government.

Emma Bonino wins the Foreign Minister post. She’s a former member of the European Parliament and and a leading member of the independent Italian Radicals Party.

But there was no room for Beppe Grillo, the popular comedian who stood in the general election under his anti-establishment Five Star Movement.

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