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Thursday 2 October 2014

Renzi sworn in as Italian premier

Published 22/02/2014 | 04:47

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Italian president Giorgio Napolitano (right) shakes hands with premier Matteo Renzi after he took the oath during the swearing-in ceremony (AP)
Italian premier Matteo Renzi (fifth from left in front row) at the end of a swearing-in ceremony with the new government (AP)

Matteo Renzi has been sworn in as Italy's youngest premier, heading a new government he says promises will swiftly tackle old problems.

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Chief challenge for the broad coalition that took office on Saturday is a feeble economy that has only just begun showing tentative signs of rebounding after several years of stagnation.

The Democratic Party leader also vowed to cure Italy's chronic political instability with electoral reforms aimed at making the country more governable.

The former Florence mayor, 39, chose many newcomers for his decidedly young-looking Cabinet. In a first, there are as many women ministers as men.

One of his non-political appointees, Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan, missed the swearing-in.

The Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development's chief economist was attending a meeting in Australia when tapped on Friday.


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