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Italian president mandates foreign minister to form new government

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 00:59

Italian President Sergio Mattarella gives Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni the mandate to form a new government after the resignation of premier Matteo Renzi. Rough Cut – subtitled (no reporter narration).

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BROADCAST AND DIGITAL RESTRICTIONS** Broadcasters: NONE Digital: NONE**~ ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Italy's president on Sunday (December 11) gave Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni a mandate to try to form the country's new government. Gentiloni said he would try to form the government as soon as possible and that it would move "within the same framework" as the outgoing government of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. "I thank the president for the mandate he has given me which I consider a great honor. I will try and carry out my duty with dignity and responsibility," he said after meeting with President Sergio Mattarella. The 62-year-old prime-minister designate is a key member of Renzi's Democratic Party. Renzi resigned on Wednesday (December 8) after losing a referendum on constitutional reform on which he had staked his job. "What emerged from the consultations was the confirmation of the decision by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi not to accept another position, which is what he had said several times during the referendum campaign. This position merits respect from everybody," Gentiloni told journalists. Gentiloni will now select his ministers. He is expected to return to the presidential palace as early as Sunday night or Monday (December 12) morning to present his cabinet list to the head of state.

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Italian president mandates foreign minister to form new government

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 00:59