Italy🇮🇹 Gets New Coalition as Lawyers Target👉 Ex-Minister Salvini

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Italy's new populist-centre left government has been appointed amid legal moves against the ousted right-wing Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini.

Prosecutors launched a libel suit against Mr Salvini on behalf of migrant rescuer Carola Rackete. She ignored Mr Salvini's order to keep her charity ship out of Italian waters.

And a mayor who defied Mr Salvini by sheltering migrants in the southern town of Riace saw his ban lifted.

An independent has replaced Mr Salvini.

She is Luciana Lamorgese, a career civil servant and immigration specialist. She is expected to bring Italy closer to its EU partners on immigration, ending Mr Salvini's strident campaign against the charity ships rescuing migrants off Libya.

The new government has 10 ministers from populist party Five Star (M5S) and nine from the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), with independent Giuseppe Conte remaining prime minister.

With an average age of 47, the government is the youngest in Italian history. And seven of the 21 ministers are women.

Five Star and the PD have long been political rivals, but agreed on a coalition after Mr Salvini's League tried to force a snap election, clashing with Mr Conte.

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