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Letta expresses 'sober satisfaction' at govt team

Centre-left politician to be sworn in as premier on Sunday

27 April, 18:41
Letta expresses 'sober satisfaction' at govt team

(ANSA) - Rome, April 27 - Italy's next premier Enrico Letta said he was satisfied on Saturday at the relatively young team of ministers he announced would be part of his left-right coalition government that is set to end two months of political deadlock.

The secretary of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party, Angelino Alfano, will be deputy premier and interior minister in the government that will be sworn in on Sunday.

Former European commissioner Emma Bonino, a senior member of the small Radical Party, will be Italy's second woman foreign minister.

Bank of Italy Director General Fabrizio Saccomanni will be economy minister.

"I want to express my satisfaction, my sober satisfaction, at the government team," Letta said.

He also voiced satisfaction that there will be lots of women in the new cabinet, in addition to Bonino.

Anna Maria Cancellieri, the interior minister in outgoing Premier Mario Monti's emergency technocrat government, switches to justice minister. Beatrice Lorenzin of the PdL will be health minister and Josefa Idem, the 2000 K 1 500 kayak canoeing Olympic champion, will be the minister for equal opportunities and sport. As expected the new cabinet is relatively young and features few PD and PdL heavyweights.

In part is a response to public disenchantment with the established political class, which has been hit by a series of corruption scandals and is widely seen to have failed to address many of the country's economic woes.

This disenchantment was seen as a crucial factor in the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement capturing around a quarter of the vote in February's inconclusive general election.

Fresh faces in the cabinet may also help contribute to positive climate, some experts say, after the bitterness of the disputes between the PD and PdL big guns in recent years.