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MatteoRenzi Sworn in as New Italy PM

Matteo Renzi Sworn in as New Italy PM

Rome- Italian centre-left politician MatteoRenzi has been sworn in as prime minister. At 39, the Democratic Party leader is Italy’s youngest-ever PM. On Friday he formally accepted the mandate to lead a new government and named his cabinet. He ousted Prime Minister and party colleague Enrico Letta in a vote earlier this month. MrRenzi said his coalition would give “hope” to the economically-stagnant country.

He has promised to overhaul the jobs market and the tax and education systems within four months. Half of the new cabinet are women. Announcing his team on Friday, he said: “It’s a government that will start to work from tomorrow morning.” The new finance minister will be Pier Carlo Padoan, a senior economist at the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Angelino Alfano, who heads the New Centre Right party, one of the Democratic Party’s coalition partners, remains as interior minister. The government will have to win a vote of confidence in parliament, expected on Monday, before it starts work officially. MrRenzi came to prominence as mayor of Florence, but he has no experience of government at the national level.

The BBC’s Alan Johnston in Rome says that – more than anything – he will be judged on whether he can re-energise the economy. MrLetta, who led Italy for just 10 months, was ousted in a vote called by MrRenzi at a party meeting on 13 February. MrRenzi had argued that a change of government was needed to end “uncertainty”.

He had accused MrLetta of a lack of action on improving the economic situation, with unemployment at its highest level in 40 years and the economy shrinking by 9% in seven years. MrLetta was also accused of failing to implement promised reforms of what is seen as an often corrupt and wasteful bureaucracy. (BBC)

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