Paolo Gentiloni named new Italy prime minister

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Rome, Dec 11 Paolo Gentiloni was named today 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.


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