October 19, 2018

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New prime minister sworn in to lead populist Italian government (CNN)

New prime minister sworn in to lead populist Italian government (CNN)

A law professor who has never before held political office was sworn in as Italy’s new Prime Minister on Friday afternoon, ending almost three months of political uncertainty and bringing to power a new populist government.

Giuseppe Conte took an oath of loyalty to the Italian constitution in a gilded room in the Quirinal, Italy’s presidential palace in Rome.

On Thursday evening Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella had approved the government put forward by the right-wing League and anti-establishment Five Star Movement, which emerged as the two largest parties after an inconclusive election in March. Read more

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