Italian Democratic Party leader Matteo Renzi addresses the press after summoned by Italian president Giorgio Napolitano at Quirinale presidential palace in Rome, Italy, Feb. 17, 2014. Matteo Renzi was appointed as new Italian Prime Minister on Monday. (Xinhua/Xu Nizhi)
Renzi given mandate to form new Italian gov't for reform
ROME, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- Matteo Renzi, the leader of center-left Democratic Party (PD), on Monday was asked by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano to form a new government and introduce promised reforms to revive the crisis-plagued economy.
In his first words posted on a social network after receiving the mandate, Renzi assured Italy and Europe that he will keep faith with his commitment to accelerate introduction of much-needed change with all his "energy and strength." Full story
News Analysis: Italy's Renzi faces bigger challenges with less experience than predecessors
ROME, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- When Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi attempts this week to form Italy's 63rd government in 68 years, he will face a bigger set of challenges with less of a track record than any of his predecessors.
Renzi, 39, has growing support nationally, but has still never been elected to a political office more important than that as mayor of Italy's ninth largest city. Full story
Center-left leader Renzi appointed as new Italian PM
ROME, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- The leader of the center-left Democratic Party (PD), Matteo Renzi, was appointed as new Italian Prime Minister on Monday.
Renzi, 39-year-old mayor of Florence, was summoned by Italian president Giorgio Napolitano at Quirinale presidential palace in the morning and given a mandate to try to form a new cabinet, after the resignation of Prime Minister Enrico Letta last week. Full story