Mario Draghi is the new Italian prime minister

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The former European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi ,73, became Italy’s prime minister. Draghi is a respected figure. Nicknamed “Super Mario” for his role in saving the euro in 2012 , also has overwhelming support from the Italian press, which over the last week have feted him as “a new Italian miracle”. Among his first major tasks will be to accelerate a vaccination programme as Italy strives to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, which has so far left 93,000 people dead. At the same time, he must find solutions to rescue the economy from the worst recession since the second world war. All, in a moment of great instability in European politics. Draghi will lead a very heterogeneous domestic coalition, ranging from the far right to the hard left. He announced the cabinet, which contains a mix of political and technocratic ministers, to the president, Sergio Mattarella, on Friday.

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Some ministers were reconfirmed, such as Luigi Di Maio as foreign minister, Roberto Speranza as health minister, Luciana Lamorgese as interior minister and Dario Franceschini as culture minister. The economy ministry has gone to Daniele Franco, the current director general of the Bank of Italy. The government will face votes of confidence in both houses of parliament on Monday and Tuesday. Mario Draghi will stay in power for two years at most. The next election is scheduled for 2023. It’s also possible he could become Italy’s next president as soon as next year.