by Angelo Amante
Leader of Brothers of Italy Giorgia Meloni
at the party's election night headquarters,
Rome, Italy September 26, 2022.
REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane/File Photo
Italy's Conservative PM Georgia Meloni will likely
turn to Technocrats to fill key Cabinet posts.
She was swept in on a populist campaign but is
shifting to Technopopulism, a dangerous blend of
populism and Technocracy.
TN has warned about Technopopulism for several
Italy's next cabinet will include "high-profile" figures who might
not be career politicians,
Giorgia Meloni, widely expected
to be named prime minister, told party members on Wednesday.
Meloni's Brothers of Italy party led a rightist bloc,
including Forza Italia and the League, to victory
during a general election last month, and negotiations among the
allies on key government jobs have begun.
The "starting point" to fill posts is "qualifications", and if this
"the best candidates
outside parliament, this will certainly not be a problem,"
Meloni was quoted as saying at a party meeting, the first since
her victory on Sept. 25.
The role of economy
minister is widely seen as the most important and difficult position
to fill, amid a grim outlook as Italy's economy is expected to have
shrunk in the third quarter and to keep falling until mid-2023.
Names repeatedly cited in Italian media include two technocrats:
Bank board member Fabio Panetta
executive Domenico Siniscalco, who already held the
position 18 years ago...
However, Panetta has made
clear he is not interested in the job and Siniscalco has not been
contacted by Meloni, political sources told Reuters.
Another mooted candidate, sitting Economy Minister Daniele Franco
has ruled out staying on, a separate political source said.
The new administration, which could be sworn in as early as this
month, will face a daunting list of challenges, including soaring
energy prices, war in Ukraine and the renewed economic slowdown.
"We are probably
facing the most difficult period in the history of the Italian
republic," Meloni said.
"discontinuity" with policies of the last administrations and said
"the most respected
and high-profile possible cabinet."
However, the rightist
leader said she was in contact with Prime Minister Mario Draghi's
outgoing national unity government - which Brothers of Italy did not
join - to ensure a smooth power transition.
"We have tight time
constraints but we are ready. And we have the skills and
capabilities," Meloni told party members.