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Working to put together high-level govt team says Meloni

FdI leaders blasts 'unreal' reports about new cabinet

(ANSA) - ROME, SEP 29 - Brothers of Italy (FdI) leader Giorgia Meloni said Thursday that fake reports were doing the rounds about who will be in the incoming centre-right government and pledged that the ministers will be quality appointments.
    Meloni looks set to become Italy's first woman premier as FdI was the driving force of the right coalition's victory in Sunday's general election.
    "I continue to read unreal reconstructions about the eventual ministers of a centre-right government," Meloni said via Twitter.
    "After the failure of the (outgoing Health Minister Roberto) Speranza and co. I assure you that we are working on a high-quality team that will not disappoint you.
    "Don't believe the lies that are going around". The tweet was posted amid reports of tension between Meloni and her alliance partner, League leader Matteo Salvini, who had their first public meeting since the election on Wednesday.
    Salvini is under pressure after the League performed much worse than its rightist partner in the election.
    The League got around 9% of Sunday's vote compared to 26% for FdI, and 8% for the other main party in the bloc, three-time former premier and media magnate Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia (FI) At the last Italian elections in 2018 FdI got around 4%, while the League got 17% and surged to 34% in the 2019 European elections amid Salvini's popular anti-migrant policies as interior minister at the time.
    Salvini is reportedly keen to get back to denying charity migrant rescue ships ports of call as Meloni's interior minister, but his position has been weakened by the League's relatively poor performance in the elections.
    There have been reports that some top FdI members do not want Salvini to hold a high-ranking position and even talk of the League opting to not be part of the government, but just providing 'external support' to make it possible for the executive to pass legislation.
    On Facebook, meanwhile, Meloni reiterated that the election win was "not a final destination but a stating point.
    "We are ready to give back a future, vision and greatness to Italy," she said. (ANSA).
   

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