Italy’s new government sworn in

Carlo Cottarelli was waited to talk with reporters after a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella is seen at the Quirinal palace in Rome

Carlo Cottarelli was waited to talk with reporters after a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella is seen at the Quirinal palace in Rome

Conte's cabinet ministers - including leaders of the League and Five Star - are also being sworn in by Mattarella at the Quirinal, Italy's presidential palace.

Mr Conte, a little-known 53-year-old law professor, is backed by the 5-Star Movement which grew out of a grassroots protest network, and the right-wing League who have issued a budget-busting agenda of sweeping tax cuts and higher welfare spending.

Salvini will be the new Minister of Interior, while Di Maio will be the Minister of Labour and Economic Development.

Global money markets had been rattled by the prospect of new Italian elections if the political deadlock continued.

The two enraged parties abandoned their joint bid for power, and on Monday Mattarella asked ex-IMF economist Carlo Cottarelli to form a caretaker government created to take Italy to what looked like probable autumn elections.

The leader of the new populist party that took power in the recent elections campaigned on a staunchly anti-immigrant platform, vowing to "put Italians first" and send half a million undocumented migrants "home".

The dispute focused attention on the pro-Russia agenda of the euroskeptic League and 5-Star Movement government, which was sworn in last week and faces confidence votes in Parliament on Tuesday where its Russian Federation policy may come up.

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The League is strongly anti-immigration and a joint plan agreed with the M5S in forming the new government reflects that stance.

While confirming Italy's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commitments, the new government's policy agenda calls for a lifting of European Union sanctions against Russian Federation as well as the opening of dialogue and partnerships, given Moscow's economic, commercial and strategic importance.

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Italy's two populist parties - the Five Star Movement and The League - agreed to form a coalition government yesterday after the approval of its new cabinet list, ending the months-long political standoff in the country.

"The immigration question is still hot, so I will ask all who are concerned with it how we can improve it", he said. "What will happen to them under Salvini's League?" head of non-profit organisation, Girasoli, Calogero Santoro said.

Yet migrant arrivals to Italy actually plunged in the a year ago under the center-left Democratic Party, which signed controversial deals with Libya to beef up coastal patrols and prevent migrants from setting out in smugglers' boats across the Mediterranean Sea.

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