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Italy's youngest-ever PM Renzi sworn in

Published on Feb 22, 2014 7:22 PM
 
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi smiles during the swearing in ceremony on Feb 22, 2014 at Quirinale Palace in Rome. Mr Renzi and his fresh-faced cabinet were sworn in on Saturday, Feb 22 ,2014, amid widespread scepticism that the new government has the political maturity to tackle the country's formidable challenges.-- PHOTO: AFP

ROME (AFP) - Italy's youngest-ever prime minister Matteo Renzi and his fresh-faced cabinet were sworn in on Saturday, amid widespread scepticism that the new government has the political maturity to tackle the country's formidable challenges.

The former mayor of Florence was accompanied by his wife and three children - dressed in the colours of the Italian flag - to the formal ceremony in Italy's presidential palace, and smiled widely as he watched his new team sworn in by President Giorgio Napolitano.

The centre-left leader takes over the reins of the eurozone's third largest economy in a period of increasing frustration among ordinary Italians hard hit by a deep recession and weary of broken political promises.

In his 16-strong cabinet, half of the new ministers are women and - with an average age of 47.8 years - it is the youngest government in Italy's history.

 
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