No politicians in new Italian govt
Rome - Italian Premier Mario Monti has formed a government of bankers, diplomats and business executives, 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 on Wednesday at a solemn ceremony at the presidential palace that formally ended Silvio Berlusconi's 3 1/2-year-old government and the media mogul's 17-year-long political dominance.
Monti faces his first major hurdle on Thursday when he presents his legislative agenda to parliament and subjects his government to a confidence vote in the Senate. The vote in the lower Chamber of Deputies is expected on Friday.