The president of United States, Joe Bidencongratulated this Saturday the Italian Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloniwho was sworn in today, and asked continue to support Ukraine and “hold Russia accountable for its aggression.”
“As leaders in the G7, I look forward to continuing our support for Ukraine and call Russia to account for its aggression”, says the statement issued today by the White House.
The leader of the far-right Brothers of Italy already expressed during a telephone call with the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskyhis support for the country in the face of the invasion, although one of his vice presidents, Matteo Salviniis an admirer of the Russian president, Vladimir Putinand has been critical of arming the resistance in Ukraine.
In his brief message, Biden recalled that Italy “is a vital ally in NATO and a close partner,” and also asked Meloni to work to “ensure respect for human rights and democratic values.”
The extreme right is first woman to hold the post of prime minister in Italyalthough the composition of his government is markedly masculine, with only six ministers, half in positions without portfolio (Institutional Reforms, Disability and Family).
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On September 25, Meloni won the elections with a 26% of the votes at the head of a coalition that also includes Matteo Salvini’s League and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia.
During the campaign, Meloni defined himself as part of a “modern and western government right”, with a speech that mixes the rejection of immigration with partial support for a system of subsidies for unemployed people while defending that the State has the ” gold share” in strategic companies.
The creation of the new Government takes place in the midst of strong clashes in recent days between Meloni Y Berlusconi for the position on the war in ukrainethe makeup of the Cabinet and strong criticism from the four-time premier of his ally’s leadership style, to the point of considering her “arrogant and arrogant.”
The appointment as foreign minister of Antonio Tajani, former president of the European Parliament and considered a defender of belonging to Europe and NATO is a gesture that, among other things, also seeks to balance Berlusconi’s closeness to the Russian president Vladimir Putin.
After today’s oath, Meloni and his Cabinet have a maximum period of ten days to appear in Parliament to seek the “vote of confidence” of half plus one of each of the two Houses of the country, in which of all modes has a clear majority.
(With information from EFE and AFP)
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