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Renzi set to be sworn in

Padona only one of 16 ministers missing

22 February, 11:24
Renzi set to be sworn in (ANSA) - Rome, February 22 - Matteo Renzi, 39, was set to be sworn in Saturday as Italy's yougest premier Saturday at the head of a a team of 16 ministers, eight of them women, with an average age of 47, also the youngest ever. The Democratic Party (PD) leader and former Florence mayor, who has vowed to overhaul the jobs market and the tax and education systems in four months, will then leave for Florence to prepare his speech for a confidence vote in the Senate Monday and the House Tuesday.

Former Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development deputy director Pier Carlo Padoan will not get back form a G20 meeting in Australia in time for the 11:30 (10:30) ceremony at the presidential palace. Renzi thanked his supporters on Twitter ahead of his swearing-in by President Giorgio Napolitano at the Qurinale Palce. "Thanks for the messages. Tough, difficult task. "But we're Italy, we'll do it. "One vow: stay ourselves," tweeted the PD leader, who ousted his party colleague Enrico Letta nine days ago.

Security was tight around Rome's political offices with the memory of a mentally unstable gunman wounded two Carabinieri police officers in front of the premier's office as Letta's cabinet was being sworn in up the Quirinale Hill on April 28.