Italy’s foreign minister Paolo Gentilo has been named the new Prime Minister following the exit of former PM Matteo Renzi who announced his resignation after he was dealt a stinging defeat by voters on his reform referendum.
Following the new development, Gentilo, 62, is now entrusted with forming a new government following calls by President Sergio Mattarella who on Sunday asked the new PM to form a new centre-left government which will guide Italy to elections by February in 2018.
Al Jazeera’s Sonia Gallego, reporting from Rome, said Gentiloni was already meeting speakers of the lower house and the Senate.
“The process involves a series of consultations that will take approximately a couple of days,” she said.
“Following that, he will announce whether he has been successful or not.”
Gentiloni said in a breif statment that there was an “urgent need for a fully functioning government” to address a series of pressing international, economic and social issues.
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