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MAY 03, 2013 - The Guardian

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Italian women rise to positions of power under new prime minister

Enrico Letta continues the political revolution that began under Mario Monti by naming seven women in his 22-member cabinetJosefa Idem is not someone who is easily rattled. An international canoer who won an Olympic gold and five world championships, the 48-year-old knows what it is like to face a daunting challenge.But, after taking a call from Italy's new prime minister, Enrico Letta, asking her to be a member of his cabinet, she told her followers on Twitter: "My hands were shaking". The German-born Idem, who took Italian nationality after marrying her coach, entered politics 12 years ago ... Read More

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