Sunday, December 11, 2016 7:36 pm
Outgoing foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni has been asked to form a new government by President Sergio Mattarella, making him Italy’s prime ministerial designate, an aide to the head of state says.
The appointment ends a week-long political crisis triggered by a ‘No’ vote in a December 4 referendum on constitutional reforms, which led Matteo Renzi, its chief sponsor, to give up the premiership.
As prime minister designate, Gentiloni is now asked to put together a list of ministers, return to Mattarella for the swearing-in of his government, and win votes of confidence in both houses of parliament.
The process is expected to be completed within days, in time for Thursday’s European Union summit in Brussels, which should mark the new premier’s debut on the international scene. (dpa/NAN)