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Draghi forms new Italian govt, names politicians, technocrats as ministers

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ROME, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Mario Draghi, the former head ofthe European Central Bank, confirmed on Friday he was ready toform Italy's next government and unveiled a cabinet with a mixof technocrats and politicians from his broad coalition.

President Sergio Mattarella asked Draghi to be primeminister after party wrangling brought down the previousadministration, and set him the task of tackling the coronavirushealth crisis and economic meltdown.

Following a week of consultations, almost all the mainparties from across the political spectrum pledged their supportto Draghi, and prominent figures from these groups were named asministers.

Luigi Di Maio, a leader of the 5-Star Movement, will remainforeign minister, while Giancarlo Giorgetti, a senior figure inthe League party, will be industry minister. Andrea Orlando,from the centre-left Democratic Party, will be labour minister.

However, some key posts went to non-affiliated technocrats,including Daniele Franco, director general of the Bank of Italy,who was named as economy minister and Roberto Cingolani, aphysicist and IT expert, who was handed the new role of ministerfor green transition.(Reporting by Crispian Balmer, editing by Gavin Jones)