Italy's Giuseppe Conte sworn in as Prime Minister of anti-establishment government

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But so far this year Italian authorities have still registered more than 13,500 arrivals.

5-Star and the League have a solid majority in both houses of parliament, where the Government will now face confidence votes early next week in order to be fully empowered.

The government's critics say its plan to repatriate migrants is unworkable and risks fomenting racism and politicising a humanitarian issue.

The opposition Democratic Party warned that the new government would be "Right-wing, populist and risky".

While confirming Italy's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commitments, the new government's policy agenda calls for lifting European Union sanctions against Russian Federation as well as the opening of dialogue and partnerships, given Moscow's economic, commercial and strategic importance.

The coalition will be headed by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, a popular but untested political figure who was rejected by President Sergio Mattarella just days ago.

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The breakthrough came after anti-establishment political leaders Matteo Salvini and Luigi Di Maio agreed a deal for a new proposed coalition.

Salvini has long wanted his new post, from where he will aim to stop "the business" of migration, cracking down on people smuggling networks and speed up expulsions of illegal immigrants.

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen tweeted: "It's a victory of democracy over intimidation and threats from the European Union".

A crowd of enthusiastic supporters and a smaller group of protesters had earlier gathered in front of the gates of the town's migrant centre, where Salvini would give his speech, trading insults and almost coming to blows.

Nigel Farage, former leader of Britain's UKIP party that played a key role in the Brexit campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, wished good luck to the two Italian parties.

"It's clear and obvious that Italy has been abandoned".

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told a conference Thursday that he loved Italy, but refused to accept the frequent pass-the-blame mantra by Italian politicians that Italy's ills are the fault of the EU. That means more work, less corruption.

After delivering his speech, Salvini went inside the centre to meet some of the 158 people who had landed in Pozzallo when they were rescued by a humanitarian boat on Friday.

His comments sparked outrage in Italy, with Salvini blasting them as "racist" in his victory speech Thursday in northern Lombardy.

"All the conditions have been met for a M5S-League government", the two said in a joint statement.

Salvini, who is also joint deputy prime minister and interior minister in the populist coalition government sworn in on Friday, has ridden a wave of public discontent in recent years, playing on anti-immigrant sentiment as hundreds of thousands of migrants landed in Italy.

"I think it's better to spend money in the countries of origin, and now if there are NGOs that want to work for free, that's fine", Salvini said.

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