New Italian PM Paolo Gentiloni sworn in
Italy’s new Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni has taken office and announced his new cabinet.
Mr Gentiloni, 62, succeeds Matteo Renzi, who resigned after losing a referendum eight days ago.
Pier Carlo Padoan remains economy minister and Angelino Alfano becomes foreign minister.
Mr Gentiloni is a loyalist from Mr Renzi’s Democratic Party (PD), and he is expected to largely follow the former administration’s programme.
The new government was sworn in by President Sergio Mattarella on Monday evening.
Mr Gentiloni faces a banking crisis and a rise in popular support for anti-establishment and eurosceptic parties.
Mr Renzi stepped down after Italians voted against his proposed constitutional reforms.
Opposition parties have ruled out joining a national unity government. The populist Five Star Movement says it will boycott a parliamentary approval vote, expected to take place this week, saying it would have no legitimacy.
A descendant of Count Gentiloni Silveri, he is related to the Italian politician Vincenzo Ottorino Gentiloni, leader of the conservative Catholic Electoral Union and a key ally of the long-time Prime Minister Giovanni Giolitti. He has the title of Nobile of Filottrano, Nobile of Cingoli and Nobile of Macerata.
Born in Rome, he attended the Classical Lyceum Torquato Tasso in the city and graduated in political sciences at the La Sapienza University; Gentiloni is a professional journalist.
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“He has the title of Nobile of Filottrano, Nobile of Cingoli and Nobile of Macerata.”