Italy's new PM sworn-in

23 February 2014 BBC Online


A new Italian government led by centre-left politician Matteo Renzi has been sworn in.Renzi, 39, will be the youngest prime minister in the country's history, and one of its least experienced.He rose to prominence as the mayor of Florence, but has never been elected to parliament or served in a national government. He has chosen a comparatively young cabinet team, about half of them women.The BBC's Alan Johnston in Rome says Renzi will be judged on whether he can reinvigorate the eurozone's third largest economy. Unemployment in Italy currently stands at a nearly 13% - and above 40% among the young.Renzi has promised to overhaul the jobs market and the tax and education systems within four months, but our correspondent adds that he leads an awkward coalition that will not make his task easy.The new prime minister has named the chief economist at the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Pier Carlo Padoan, as his finance minister.Angelino Alfano, who heads the New Centre Right party, one of the Democratic Party's coalition partners, remains as interior minister.

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