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Paolo Gentiloni Assumes Office As Italy’s PM

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Updated December 12, 2016

Paolo Gentiloni, Italy, Matteo RenziThe new Prime Minister of Italy, Paolo Gentiloni, has been sworn in and announced his new cabinet.

Mr Gentiloni succeeds Matteo Renzi who resigned after losing a referendum eight days ago.

The new government was sworn in by President Sergio Mattarella on Monday evening.

62-year-old Gentiloni, who is a loyalist from his predecessor’s Democratic Party (PD), is expected to largely follow the former administration’s programme.

He faces a banking crisis and a rise in popular support for anti-establishment and Eurosceptic parties.

Meanwhile, Pier Carlo Padoan remains economy minister while Angelino Alfano becomes the foreign minister.