Berlusconi to form new government

Conservative leader Silvio Berlusconi formed a new government today, presenting a list of ministers to Italy’s president.

Conservative leader Silvio Berlusconi formed a new government today, presenting a list of ministers to Italy’s president.

He was to be sworn in later in the day.

Berlusconi received the mandate to govern during a meeting on Friday with President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, only two days after he quit as prime minister in a power struggle with his coalition allies.

With his reconstituted government, he is aiming to improve his sagging popularity and remain in power until the next election, due in mid-2006.

After a meeting at the presidential palace this morning, Berlusconi presented his Cabinet, announcing he would keep Gianfranco Fini, head of the right-wing National Alliance party, as his foreign minister, and that he had chosen former Economics Minister Giulio Tremonti as his deputy premier.

The entire government was to be sworn in at 6pm (4pm Irish time), said Gaetano Gifuni, an official at the president’s Quirinale Palace.

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