Gen­tiloni asked to form new govt

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD - By REUTERS in Rome

The soft-spo­ken son of an aris­to­cratic fam­ily, Paolo Gen­tiloni is set to be­come Italy’s fifth prime min­is­ter in as many years, pro­moted thanks to his un­wa­ver­ing loy­alty to out­go­ing pre­mier Mat­teo Renzi.

Two years into the for­eign min­is­ter’s job, Gen­tiloni was asked by Pres­i­dent Ser­gio Mattarella on Sunday to form a new gov­ern­ment tasked with tack­ling much-need elec­toral re­form and a seem­ingly un­end­ing cri­sis in the bank­ing sec­tor.

He will need to win con­fi­dence votes in par­lia­ment, ex­pected this week, to take of­fice and even af­ter over­com­ing that hur­dle, he might only sur­vive a few months, with many po­lit­i­cal chiefs de­mand­ing elec­tions as soon as a new elec­toral law is ap­proved. Paolo Gen­tiloni Sil­veri was

Nonethe­less his rise to power born in Novem­ber 1954 to a is re­mark­able for an unas­sum­no­ble, Ro­man Catholic fam­ily. ing cen­ter-left politi­cian who As a high-school stu­dent has made more friends than drawn to rad­i­cal left­ist pol­i­tics, en­e­mies in his long ca­reer and he dropped his dou­ble-baris viewed as a safe pair of hands relled sur­name. rather than an in­spir­ing leader. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing in po­lit­i­cal

He has Renzi to thank for his sci­ence, Gen­tiloni turned to as­cent. jour­nal­ism, lead­ing an envi

In Oc­to­ber 2014, with vir­tu­al­ron­men­tal mag­a­zine for eight ly no international ex­pe­ri­ence, years be­fore mov­ing into he was un­ex­pect­edly handed main­stream pol­i­tics and or­gathe for­eign af­fairs port­fo­lio by niz­ing Francesco Rutelli’s sucRenzi, whom he had sup­ported cess­ful cam­paign to be Rome in a 2012 bat­tle to grab the lead­mayor in 1993. er­ship of the Demo­cratic Party. In 2001 he was elected to

Fast for­ward two years, and par­lia­ment with the cen­ter-left Renzi has once again pushed Margherita (Daisy) party, Gen­tiloni for­ward af­ter re­sign­which was later folded into the ing from the premiership fol­broader Demo­cratic Party. low­ing a clear de­feat in a Dec 4 In 2006 he was ap­pointed ref­er­en­dum on con­sti­tu­tional com­mu­ni­ca­tions min­is­ter, but re­form. his two main re­form ef­forts —

As leader of the largest party to shake up state broad­caster in par­lia­ment, Renzi had a de­ciRAI and re­form the tele­vi­sion sive say in who should re­place mar­ket — never made it into him, and will have to keeplaw.the new ad­min­is­tra­tion alive. CritHis po­lit­i­cal ca­reer ics say he chose the low-key ap­peared to wane when he Gen­tiloni to keep con­trol from stood in pri­maries to be­come be­hind the scenes. the cen­ter-left can­di­date for

“A cast-iron Renzi sup­porter Rome mayor in 2012, only to with lit­tle charisma ... and fin­ish a dis­tant third. But Ren­above all ex­pend­able,” Alessanzi’s un­ex­pected call in 2014 dro Di Bat­tista, a lead­ing light pro­pelled him back into the in the main op­po­si­tion party, cab­i­net.

He could be prime min­is­ter for a few months without en­dan­ger­ing Renzi.”

Alessan­dro Di Bat­tista,

Move­ment

5-Star

the 5-Star Move­ment, wrote on Face­book in ref­er­ence to Gen­tiloni.

“He could be prime min­is­ter for a few months without en­dan­ger­ing Renzi, who could pre­pare him­self for a come­back.”

Main­stream pol­i­tics

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