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Italy's Conte sworn in as PM of anti-establishment government

Giuseppe Conte talks to the media at the Quirinal Palace in Rome, Italy, May 31, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s president swore in Giuseppe Conte on Friday as prime minister of Western Europe’s first anti-establishment government whose aim is to cut taxes, boost welfare spending and overhaul European Union rules on budgets and immigration.

Conte, a 53-year-old law professor, must now win confidence votes in parliament next week. The parties backing Conte -- the far-right League and the radical 5-Star Movement -- have solid majorities in both houses.

Reporting by Massimiliano Di Giorgio, writing by Steve Scherer

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