Nearly three months after Italians went to the polls, a new Prime Minister was sworn in on Friday afternoon.
Conte, 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
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
Conte took an oath of loyalty to the Italian constitution in a gilded
room in the Quirinal, Italy's presidential palace in Rome. After meeting
with the outgoing premier Paolo Gentiloni, Conte will hold his first
cabinet meeting later Friday. Conte and his new government will also
face a confidence vote in parliament next week.
Speaking on the
eve of his swearing-in, Conte pledged his new government would "work
intensely to realize the political goals of our agreement" and "work
with determination to improve the lives of all Italians."
Italy has a new Prime Minister sworn in to lead populist Italian government
Friday 1 June 2018