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Bonino tipped to be foreign minister

Bank of Italy's Saccomanni favourite to be economy minister

Bonino tipped to be foreign minister

(see related stories) Rome, April 27 - Former European commissioner Emma Bonino is likely to be foreign minister in the government Enrico Letta looks set to form, parliamentary sources said Saturday. Another of the new government's highest positions, economy minister, looks set to go to Bank of Italy Director General Fabrizio Saccomanni. Bonino, a leading member of the small Radical party that promotes economic and social liberalism and champions human-rights issues, was one of the people seen as a potential head of State before Italian President Giorgio Napolitano was re-elected last week. She served as the European commissioner for health and consumer protection from 1995 to 1999 after being nominated by Berlusconi. Bonino gained a good international international reputation for her human rights work while she was European commissioner in a role that also included overseeing the EC's department for overseas aid and civil protection. The 65-year-old served as European affairs and international trade minister in Romano Prodi's 2006-2008 government too. Italy has never had a woman foreign minister.

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