Rome, Oct 21 (EFE).- Italian president Sergio Mattarella summoned on Friday the leader of the far-right Brothers of Italy party Giorgia Meloni to give her mandate to form government after her victory in the elections of September 25.
Meloni is expected to arrive at the Quirinale Palace in Rome, the official presidential residence, at 16:30 local time (14:30 GMT), sources of the institution confirmed to Efe.
Meloni, 45, is to be the first woman prime minister in the country’s democratic history.
Meloni’s government is to be formed with two coalition partners — the far-right League party, led by Matteo Salvini, and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia.
The head of state waited to announce his decision until the return of the departing prime minister Mario Draghi from a European summit on energy in Prague.
Meloni, Salvini and Berlusconi participated Friday morning in a meeting with Mattarella where they proposed the far-right leader as the new prime minister since she won the majority of votes in the recent general elections.
After the official summons, Meloni will have to return to the Palace to officially receive the mandate, which she can accept “with reservations”, in case she wants to discuss some aspects about her cabinet with her allies, or by herself.
Once the cabinet is confirmed, Meloni will be sworn in as prime minister, which is expected to happen over the weekend.
For the official launching of Meloni’s government, there needs to be an investiture of parliament.
A formality in this case, given that the coalition has a sufficient majority to govern. EFE