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  1. Paolo Gentiloni named new Italy prime minister

Paolo Gentiloni named new Italy prime minister

Paolo Gentiloni was named today as Italy's new prime minister following reformist leader Matteo Renzi's resignation in the wake of a crushing referendum defeat.

By: | Rome | Published: December 11, 2016 6:59 PM
Gentiloni, who had been Renzi's foreign minister, was asked by President Sergio Mattarella to form a new government that will guide Italy to elections due by February 2018. (Reuters) Gentiloni, who had been Renzi’s foreign minister, was asked by President Sergio Mattarella to form a new government that will guide Italy to elections due by February 2018. (Reuters)

Paolo Gentiloni was named today as Italy’s new prime minister following reformist leader Matteo Renzi’s resignation in the wake of a crushing referendum defeat.

Gentiloni, who had been Renzi’s foreign minister, was asked by President Sergio Mattarella to form a new government that will guide Italy to elections due by February 2018, a presidency spokesman announced. Gentiloni, 62, is seen as a close ally of the outgoing premier.

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