Italian gov’t resigns after inauguration of new parliament

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni tendered the resignation of his government to President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella after the recently-elected MPs elected heads of both chambers of parliament on Saturday.

President Mattarella asked the government to continue discharging its duties on a caretaker basis pending the nomination of a replacement, according to a Quirinal Palace statement.

The Head of State is scheduled to start constitutional consultations with leaders of the political parties on March 28 to designate a new prime minister one day after the lawmakers elect members of the parliamentary committees.

Gentiloni, member of the Democratic Party, is the 57th prime minister since the establishment of the republic in 1848; his government, the country’s 64th, took office on December 12, 2016, after the government of Matteo Renzi stepped down.

Earlier today, the Italian Senate (the upper house of parliament) elected Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, of center-right Forza Italia, as its president while Roberto Fico, of the Five Star Movement, was elected as speaker of the Chamber of Deputies.

Source: Kuwait News Agency