Italy's 35th Government since the Second World War took office on sunday (July 8). Members?
Italy's 35th Government since the Second World War took office on sunday (July 8). Members of the Cabinet of the four party Centre Left Coalition were sworn in by President Giovanni Leone.
The new Government, headed by the veteran Christian Democrat Signor Mariano Rumor, was formed after two weeks of hard bargaining. It groups together the large Christian Democratic Party, the Social Democrats, the Republicans and the Socialists.
Some of the problems faced by the new Government include politically motivated violence, galloping inflation, a currency which has depreciated more than 20 per cent this year, a lagging economy and the highest unemployment rate in Europe.
Prime Minister Mariano Rumor, a 58-year-old former school-teacher, has three times been Prime Minister of Italy before.
He has called for "shock therapy" for Italy's problems. The new Cabinet included three Ministers who have served a total of seven terms as Premier. Apart from Signor Rumor himself, they are Signor Aldo Moro the new Foreign Minister and Signor Emilio Colombo, the Finance Minister. The Treasury Minister is Ugo La Malfa and the Defence Minister is Signor Mario Tanassi.. The Previous Centre Right Government of Signor Giulio Andreotti ruled for a year on a tiny majority before it fell three weeks ago.
SYNOPSIS: The New Italian Centre Left Coalition Government, Italy's 35th government since the last war, was sworn in by President Giovanni Leone on Sunday. Prime Minister Signor Mariano Rumor has been Premier three times before.
The other members if the 28-strong Cabinet have also served as Prime Ministers of Italy. One of them is signer Aldo More, the new Foreign Minister who is a member of the Christian Democrats, the largest party of the four party coalition.
The other coalition members are the Social Democrats, the Republicans, and the Socialists. The other Premier in the Cabinet is Signor Emilio Colombo the new Finance Minister.
Signor Ugo La Malfa, the treasury Minister, and the next to be sworn in, Signor Mario Tanassi, the Defence Minister, two of the men who aim to give "shock therapy" for Italy's ills. These include politically motivated violence, galloping inflation, depreciating currency, a lagging economy and the highest unemployment rate in Europe.