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.
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.
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.
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