Fifty-one days after the fall of the last Italian government, new Prime Minister Aldo Moro yesterday (23 November) announced the formation of his cabinet.
Fifty-one days after the fall of the last Italian government, new Prime Minister Aldo Moro yesterday (23 November) announced the formation of his cabinet. In a sweeping shake-up, only two men held their former posts and a total of eight new men were given ministerial responsibility. Later in the day, the new government was sworn in by President Giovanni Leone.
Reports of recent political conspiracies and attempted d'etat seem to have prompted changes in several key posts. Among the most significant was the removal of former Interior Minister Paulo Emilio Taviani.
Outgoing Defence Minister Giulio Andreotti, the man who broke open much of the secrecy surrounding the role of Italy's controversial secret service in alleged attempted coups, is moved to an enlarged ministry responsible for budgetary affairs, economic planning and the southern region.
The only two men to hold their posts were Treasury Minister Emilio Colombo and Education Minister Franco Maria Malfatti.
Signor Moro's previous job as Foreign Minister has been taken by outgoing Premier Marian Rumor.
SYNOPSIS: After a crisis six weeks without a government, Italy's new cabinet was sworn in on Saturday. At the Guirinal palace, President Leone and new Prime Minister Aldo Mero entered for the swearing in ceremony. The new centre-left coalition is Italy's thirty-seventh government since the fall of fascism. There's been a major shake-up since the last government, with only two ministers holding their former posts.
Outgoing Prime Minister Mariano Rumor takes over as Foreign Minister, the job formerly held by the new Premier. Many of the cabinet changes in the new government seem to have been prompted by recent reports of political conspiracies and attempted coups d'etat. Among the most significant changes is the removal from the cabinet of the man responsible for security, Interior Minister Pauolo Emilio Taviani.
Outgoing Defence Minister Giulio Andreotti, the man who exposed much of the secrecy surrounding the role of the secret service in the attempted coups, is switched to the ministry responsible for budgetary affairs, economic planning and the southern region.
Treasury Minister Emilio Colombo, being sworn in here, is one of the two men to hold their posts from the previous government. The other is Education Minister Franco Maria Malfatti.
There are eight completely new ministers among the twenty-five-man cabinet. The new government has received pledges of parliamentary support from the Socialist and Social Democrat parties.