New Italian PM Paolo Gentiloni sworn in

Paolo Gentiloni gives a press conference to announce the names of the ministers of his new government after a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella (12 Dec) Image copyright AP

Italy's new Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni has taken office and announced his new cabinet.

Mr Gentiloni, 62, succeeds Matteo Renzi, who resigned after losing a referendum eight days ago.

Pier Carlo Padoan remains economy minister and Angelino Alfano becomes foreign minister.

Mr Gentiloni is a loyalist from Mr Renzi's Democratic Party (PD), and he is expected to largely follow the former administration's programme.

The new government was sworn in by President Sergio Mattarella on Monday evening.

Mr Gentiloni faces a banking crisis and a rise in popular support for anti-establishment and eurosceptic parties.

Mr Renzi stepped down after Italians voted against his proposed constitutional reforms.

Opposition parties have ruled out joining a national unity government. The populist Five Star Movement says it will boycott a parliamentary approval vote, expected to take place this week, saying it would have no legitimacy.

Paolo Gentiloni

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Image caption Mr Gentiloni (left) and Matteo Renzi (right) are close allies
  • Born to an aristocratic family, has the title Nobile
  • Worked as a journalist on an environmental magazine
  • Elected to parliament in 2001
  • Communications minister from 2006-08
  • Appointed foreign minister in 2014

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