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Italy still days away from official Prime Minister announcement

Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 01:26

Feb. 16 - Italians are waiting for the president to officially announce the appointment of a new Prime Minister, expected to be Matteo Renzi. Nathan Frandino reports.

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On the streets of Rome, Italians are waiting. Waiting for their new government. A series of political maneuvers has the country expecting the president to officially announce yet another Prime Minister. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DEPUTY DIRECTOR LUISS SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT, GIOVANNI ORSINA, SAYING: "I still think we are talking a matter of days. Even though it is not going to be as fast as expected, we were even believing that the new Government would swear in on Tuesday next week, most likely this is going to take some more time, maybe the whole of the next week." Giovanni Orsina is the deputy director at the Luiss School of Government. He believes that the president's expected choice, center-left leader Matteo Renzi, has a lot of work cut out for him. Renzi has promised radical reforms for the economy and a government that can survive until 2018. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DEPUTY DIRECTOR LUISS SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT, GIOVANNI ORSINA, SAYING: "I doubt it - this is not so likely, even though it is not likely that it is going to last one year either. So I expect somewhere in-between 2015 and 2018. 2016 or 2017 maybe, but you see the amount of things which can happen in this period of time, there are so many, really it is impossible to guess." Renzi and President Giorgio Napolitano are expected to meet on Monday.

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Italy still days away from official Prime Minister announcement

Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 01:26