WASHINGTON — After Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta resigned last week, Italy has now sworn in its youngest prime minister in center-left leader Matteo Renzi.
Reuters reported that Renzi is now facing more pressure as he and his allies forced out Letta, after Letta’s economic reforms were too slow for the Italian public.
The 39-year-old named his cabinet, composed of low-profile politicians, ministers and technocrats. Most likely, his appointees will not challenge his authority or control of the government. Half of Renzi’s cabinet are women and he only appointed 16 members. It is the smallest Italian cabinet and had the youngest average age of 48.
Reuters surmised that this responsibility will fall on Renzi’s shoulders alone, with a country facing a $2.75 trillion public debt and struggling industrial base.