PM-designate Conte names key ministers in Italy's new populist government

5-Star Movement candidate for the Public Administration Minister Giuseppe Conte during an election event in Rome, Italy, on March 1, 2018.
5-Star Movement candidate for the Public Administration Minister Giuseppe Conte during an election event in Rome, Italy, on March 1, 2018.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

ROME (AFP) - Italy's prime minister-designate Giuseppe Conte announced Thursday (May 31) his ministerial line-up after being handed a mandate for a second time to form a new populist government.

Far-right League leader Matteo Salvini was named interior minister while the head of Five Star Movement Luigi Di Maio is slated to become minister for economic development.

Paolo Savona, the eurosceptic economist who the populist coalition originally wanted for economy minister but was rejected by the italian president, is still part of the cabinet as European Affairs minister.

The role of economy minister this time went to Giuseppe Trio, a political economy professor who is in favour of keeping Italy in the euro, while Brussels savvy Enzo Moavero Milanesi was named as minister of foreign affairs.