After his re-election as Italy’s prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi (photo) will be sworn on Thursday and has unveiled his new government. He has appointed 21 ministers, including 4 women, 12 with a portfolio and nine without.
Silvio Berlusconi will be the head of the 62nd administration of the country since the second world war.
Franco Frattini, the EU justice commissioner, is to become foreign minister of his country.
An old ally of Berlusconi, Giulio Tremonti, is to become economy minister, after Italy’s president, Giorgio Napolitano, formally called on Silvio Berlusconi to form a government on Wednesday.
Giulio Tremonti is a former law professor, and was Berlusconi’s economy minister for most of the conservative leader’s last term as prime minister, from 2001 to 2006.
Previously, he was taken a strong stance on illegal immigrants, and he has backed close ties with Israel and Washington.
The minister in charge of institutional reforms will be Umberto Bossi, head of the Northern League party.
More fiscal autonomy
To scare off illegal immigrants, Mr Bossi once recommended the use of gunboats. He brought down Berlusconi’s first government, but still had the same reform portfolio in his second government, until 2004, when he had a stroke.
The Northern League party advocates giving Italy’s regions more fiscal autonomy.
As interior minister,Silvio Berlusconi chose Roberto Maroni, the 53-year-old deputy leader of the Northern League. Mr Maroni held the position in Berlusconi’s first government, and became labour minister in his second.
But the most controversial appointment is the one of Roberto Calderoli, also a member of the Northern League, as minister for simplification. Mr Calderoli is known for outbursts against immigrants and Muslims.
In 2006, after wearing a T-shirt with cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, he was forced to resign as institutional reforms and stunt blamed for protests in Libya, in which 11 people died.
His ministry without portfolio is meant to reduce the number of laws and cut red tape.