|Newly appointed Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi speaks during a press conference after talking with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano in Quirinale Palace in Rome, Italy, on Feb. 21, 2014. After three days of consultations and reflection, Italy's center-left leader Matteo Renzi on Friday formally accepted the position of prime minister and presented his cabinet list to President Giorgio Napolitano. (Xinhua/Xu Nizhi)
ROME, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- Italy's new Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his cabinet ministers were sworn in on Saturday before Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, starting their task for accelerating reforms and revive the troubled economy.
The coalition government formed by the leader of center-left Democratic Party (PD), the largest party in parliament, is composed of 16 ministers, mainly from the center-left political circle, including eight women, more than ever.
The 39-year-old "demolition man", who had campaigned to put aside the senescent political class, became the youngest-ever prime minister in Italy with the youngest-ever cabinet, which has an average age of 47.8.
Renzi said after the sworn ceremony that his team was ready to start work on Saturday to do the things that need doing straight away. He said the new government has the chance to achieve reforms that have not be done for years and "the country has no alternative."
Key appointees include Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan, a former economics professor in Rome who has been deputy secretary-general of the OECD since June 2007, and Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, the leader of the junior government partner New Center Right (NCD). Padoan could not take part in the ceremony as he had to return to Italy from meetings of the G20 in Sydney, Australia.
Three ministers of the former government led by Enrico Letta kept their posts, namely Alfano, Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Maurizio Lupi and Minister of Health Beatrice Lorenzin.
Renzi's government would be supported by the same political forces as the Letta's one with NCD and minor centrist parties in the majority, and the anti-establishment Five-Star Movement (M5S) and the center-right Forza Italia (FI) party of three-time prime minister Silvio Berlusconi in the opposition.
The government is expected to win confidence vote in the two chambers of parliament from Monday. Renzi has wished that his cabinet could stay in power until the natural end of the parliamentary term in 2018.