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39-year-old Matteo Renzi is Italy's youngest Prime Minister

Rome: One week after toppling Enrico Letta’s government in an intra-party dispute, 39-year-old Matteo Renzi was sworn in as Italian prime minister yesterday.

Matteo Renzi was the mayor of Florence earlier. File pic
Matteo Renzi was the mayor of Florence earlier. File pic

Renzi and his cabinet took the oath in Rome from President Giorgio Napolitano. Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan will be sworn in at a later stage, according to a statement from Napolitano’s office.

Renzi is the youngest head of government in post-World War II Italy. His formal acceptance of the mandate came after four days of talks with lawmakers aimed at reconstructing a ruling coalition and agreeing on a cabinet. Renzi will face confidence votes in both houses of parliament next week, with attention focused on how many votes he gets in the fragmented senate.

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