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Italy’s new government has no politicians

Monti fills posts with bankers, diplomats, CEOs

Italy’s new prime minister, Mario Monti (left), was sworn in yesterday, formally ending Silvio Berlusconi’s government. Italy’s new prime minister, Mario Monti (left), was sworn in yesterday, formally ending Silvio Berlusconi’s government. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
By Colleen Barry and Frances D’Emilio
Associated Press / November 17, 2011

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Italian Premier Mario Monti formed a government of bankers, diplomats, and business executives yesterday, saying the absence of politicians in his Cabinet will spare political parties the “embarrassment’’ of taking the tough decisions needed to steer the country from financial disaster. The 68-year-old former European Union competition commissioner and his Cabinet were sworn in at a solemn ceremony at the presidential palace that formally ended Silvio Berlusconi’s 3 1/2-year-old government.

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