Factbox: FACTBOX Key ministers in new Italian Meloni government
ROME, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni's government was sworn into office on Saturday. Her cabinet was made up of 24 ministers. Here the profiles of some of the key figures:
Giancarlo Giorgetti, 55, is a veteran political wheeler-dealer viewed as a moderate and relatively pro-European member of his right-wing League party.
As industry minister in Mario Draghi's outgoing government Giorgetti helped block a number of Chinese takeover bids in strategic sectors of Italy's economy.
Prior to that he spent most of his 26 years in parliament behind the scenes, negotiating on others' behalf and making influential friends in finance and business.
As lower house budget committee head for 10 years between 2001-2013, Giorgetti learned Rome's legislative processes inside out, and his renowned networking skills extend from politics through business to Italy's powerful Roman Catholic church.
He was not Prime Minister Meloni's first choice for the job. She had wanted a technocrat and sources say she approached European Central Bank board member Fabio Panetta, who declined the post. She then turned to Giorgetti.
FOREIGN MINISTER AND DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER
Antonio Tajani, 69, is one of the closest aides to former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, a safe pair of hands with solid EU credentials who has been deputy leader of Berlusconi's conservative Forza Italia party since 2018.
A former journalist, Tajani entered politics with Berlusconi in 1994 and spent most of his political career in Brussels, either in the European Parliament or in the European Commission.
He led the EU parliament in 2017-2019. At the Commission, he held the transport (2008-2010) and industry (2010-2014) portfolios. In his youth, Tajani supported a right-wing pro-monarchy party. He speaks French, Spanish, English and Italian.
Matteo Piantedosi, 59, is a career civil servant who was chief of staff to League leader Matteo Salvini during his term at the interior ministry in 2018-19, helping him to shape his hard-line policies against illegal immigration.
Although he is close to Salvini, Piantedosi is a technocrat without party affiliation and has no previous experience as a minister. He has spent the last two years as Rome's prefect - a position which upholds security and public order in the capital.
INFRASTRUCTURE MINISTER AND DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER
Matteo Salvini, 49, is the head of the hard-right League party and a former interior minister who has promoted a populist agenda, including mass deportations of boat migrants, sweeping tax cuts and lowering the retirement age.
Bearded and stocky, the plain-speaking Salvini took charge of the League in 2013 when it was a small, scandal-plagued regional party. He turned it into a national force and looked set to dominate Italian politics before a series of missteps saw his popularity dive over the past three years.
A one-time fervent supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Salvini has denied allegations his party was funded by Moscow and has criticised the invasion of Ukraine. He rejected suggestions he should stand down as League leader after its weak showing in the Sept. 25 election.
Adolfo Urso, 65, from Meloni's Brothers of Italy party, began his political career in the youth organisation of the Italian Social Movement (MSI), the post-fascist party created in 1946 by supporters of dictator Benito Mussolini.
A former journalist, Urso was first elected to parliament in 1994. He held posts in centre-right governments led by Berlusconi and recently served as president of the influential parliamentary intelligence committee.
In this role, he urged Mario Draghi's government and parliament to strengthen so-called golden powers aimed at shielding industries deemed of strategic importance from foreign takeovers.
Guido Crosetto, 59, is a defence industry lobbyist, a close aide to Meloni and co-founder of her party. He began his political career with the Christian Democratic Party in the 1980s and was a long-time member of parliament until 2019 when he resigned to become president of AIAD, a federation of companies working in the aerospace and defence sector.
Almost two metres (6.6 feet) tall and bald, he is nicknamed 'the gentle giant' or Shrek, a reference to the cartoon character. He served as junior defence minister in a government led by Berlusconi between 2008 and 2011.
ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY SECURITY MINISTER
Gilberto Pichetto Fratin, 68, a Forza Italia senator, is seen as particularly close to Berlusconi. A qualified accountant, he served as deputy industry minister in the Draghi government.
Previously he held numerous positions in his native Piedmont region in northern Italy, including head of the local consumers, commerce and employment committees. He does not appear to have worked before on environmental or energy issues.
Carlo Nordio, 75, a Brothers of Italy lawmaker, is well-known in Italy as the former prosecutor of Venice, a post he retired from in 2017. He has called for further measures to speed up trials, saying Italy's notoriously slow justice system is harming the economy.
He was a fierce opponent of the pool of magistrates that led the so-called "Clean Hands" corruption investigations, which brought down Italy's political class in the early 1990s, accusing the prosecutors of abusing their powers. Meloni insisted on him for the job, overcoming resistance from Berlusconi who wanted a Forza Italia member in the ministry.
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