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Italy’s Gentiloni Heads for Prime Minister Job After Renzi Quits

  • Premier-designate will report back on cabinet formation soon
  • President’s office announces choice after talks in Rome
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Outgoing Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni was given a mandate to form a new government by Italy’s head of state on Sunday after Matteo Renzi quit following the prime minister’s defeat in a national referendum.

Gentiloni, 62, who met President Sergio Mattarella at the presidential palace in Rome, provisionally accepted the request. Gentiloni told reporters after the talks that he would refer back to the president “as soon as possible.”