Paolo Gentiloni was named on Sunday as Italy’s new prime minister following reformist leader Matteo Renzi’s resignation in the wake of a crushing referendum defeat. Gentiloni, who had been Renzi’s foreign minister, was asked by President Sergio Mattarella to form a new government that will guide Italy to elections due by February 2018, a presidency spokesman announced. Gentiloni, 62, is seen as a
close ally of the outgoing premier.
Earlier in the day, Mattarella summoned Paolo Gentiloni to see him in what was seen as a signal the current foreign minister will become the country’s new prime minister. “The President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, has summoned the honourable Paolo Gentiloni to the Quirinale Palace at 12.30 today,” a statement from the presidency said.
Mattarella vowed yesterday evening to move swiftly to appoint a new premier, saying the country urgently needed a “fully functioning government” to handle a string of pressing problems.