New foreign and defense ministers of Italy sworn in

Members of the new Italian government pose with Prime Minister Enrico Letta,  April 28, 2013

From Xinhua:  Italy’s new cabinet, lead by Prime Minister Enrico Letta, was sworn in on Sunday, starting their task for breaking the impasse the country had been locked for months.

The coalition government, the result of an enforced alliance between the center-left Democratic Party (PD) and the center-right and PD opponent People of Freedom (PdL), is composed of 21 ministers including seven women, more than ever, and the country’s first ever non-white minister. . . .

Former European Commissioner Emma Bonino is the first female foreign minister in Italy’s history, while Anna Maria Cancellieri, former interior minister of the Monti government, is the new justice minister.

Mario Mauro, a former vice president of the European Parliament, is the defense minister. Enrico Giovanni, the head of Italy’s National Statistics Institute (Istat) is the labor minister, and Chiara Carrozza, an expert on robotics, is the minister of education.  (photo: Giorgio Cosulich/Getty)

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