World Mario Draghi sworn in as Italy’s prime minister By News Desk Posted on February 14, 2021 58 second read 0 0 271 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr Italian outgoing Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (L) hands over the cabinet minister bell to new Prime Minister Mario Draghi, during a handover ceremony at Palazzo Chigi in Rome on February 13, 2021. - Former European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi was formally appointed Italy's new prime minister on February 12, charged with guiding his country through the devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Andrew Medichini / POOL / AFP) Mario Draghi was formally sworn in as Italy’s new prime minister on Saturday, following weeks of instability in the eurozone’s third-largest economy. Draghi was parachuted in by President Sergio Mattarella after the Giuseppe Conte’s centre-left coalition collapsed. The pandemic has left more than 93,000 people dead in Italy, and and triggered the country’s deepest recession since World War II. Draghi has spent the last 10 days assembling a broad-based coalition and on Friday night formally accepted the post of prime minister in a meeting with Mattarella.