Mario Monti officially appointed Italy's prime minister
November 16th, 2011
07:31 AM ET

Mario Monti officially appointed Italy's prime minister

Mario Monti has officially been appointed prime minister of Italy, Donato Marra of the presidential palace announced Wednesday.

Monti, who will also be finance minister, replaces the flamboyant Silvio Berlusconi, who was forced to resign as the country fights to bring its huge debts under control.

The 68-year-old former European Union commissioner won the backing of Berlusconi's political party and Italy's largest left-wing party on Tuesday.

"I am convinced of the capacity of our country to overcome this difficult time," Monti said.

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  1. George Patton

    Don't expect a great deal from this Mario Monti either. As long as Italy remains within the Eurozone, very little will change!

    November 16, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat ( in a hat )

    I can see it now. The next time he gets up in front of parliament, he'll give them the full Monti.

    November 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    O.o Ewwwww! That'll make parliamentary sessions interesting!

    November 16, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat)

    Sorry banasy. I just couldn't let that one get by me.

    November 16, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |