Giorgia Meloni, Italy's first female Prime Minister
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Giorgia Meloni, sworn in as Italy’s first female Prime Minister

She will lead the first far-right government in 76 years

Giorgia Meloni has been appointed Italy’s first female prime minister.

Following a meeting with the country’s President, Sergio Mattarella, she announced the composition of her cabinet.

Meloni’s Brothers of Italy party — a national conservative movement with neo-fascist roots emerged as Italy’s biggest party in a snap general election held on 25 September.

It is the main force in a right-wing coalition that includes Matteo Salvini’s Northern League movement and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia.

Salvini himself has been appointed deputy PM – making it the second time he has held this position – as well as transport minister.

Among the other prominent names in Meloni’s cabinet is former European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, who will be the new foreign secretary and deputy PM.

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