On Sunday, the new Italian government was formally sworn in.
Six women were among the 24 Cabinet ministers who took their oaths of office in front of President Sergio Mattarella in Rome along with Giorgia Meloni, the nation’s first female premier, according to the state-run news agency ANSA.
Meloni, 45, promised to serve her country with pride during the ceremony, according to ANSA.
She will preside over the first meeting of her new cabinet on Sunday after officially succeeding outgoing Premier Mario Draghi.
In the general elections on September 25, Giorgia Meloni’s far-right Brothers of Italy Party received a majority of the votes, and on Friday, she formed a right-wing coalition government.
The populist League of Matteo Salvini and Silvio Berlusconi’s center-right Forza Italia are both members of the new cabinet.
Italy, the third-largest economy in the EU, is a G-7 member, and a NATO member, and has strong political, commercial, military, and cultural ties with its neighbor Turkey.