Italy Announces Paolo Gentiloni as New Prime Minister

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Photo by Ansa.it Renzi and Gentiloni
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If you’ve been following Italian politics, you know that Matteo Renzi is out and Paolo Gentiloni is in. Changes in Italian government leaders happen faster than the blink of an eye sometimes, or so it seems. According to The Guardian,   Italy’s president, Sergio Mattarella, has appointed the former Italian foreign minister to replace Renzi as prime minister. His main task as requested by Mattarella, is to form a new Italian government.

 Photo credit International Business Times UK
Photo credit International Business Times UK

His position as prime minister will become official after he makes his cabinet selections parliament votes this week. It is also expected that his reign will  last only until new the Italian president calls for new elections sometime in 2017. Since Renzi remains as leader of the Democratic party, it is likely that Gentiloni will lean toward the policies of Renzi while he is power.

Photo credit JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images
Photo credit JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images

The 62-year-old  Gentiloni was first elected to  Parliament in 2001, served as Communications minister for a few years, and also worked as a magazine journalist. Mr. Gentiloni  accepted the Italian President’s mandate “with great honor and responsibility.” It will be interesting to see if anything changes in Italy with new leadership.

Photo credit International Business Times UK
Photo credit International Business Times UK

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6 Responses

  1. 67 governments in 70 years
    Italy needs a new electoral law

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  2. Nothing at all will change, just business as usual. This is the fourth government in a row not elected by the people. That’s not really how it should work in a democracy, shouldn’t it?

  3. Thanks for the information. I barely get to see the TV anymore with the little one so whatever I do see in the world is via social media ; ) Happy Holidays Margie!

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