Premier Matteo Renzi’s new government gained the backing of parliament yesterday when it won a confidence vote in the Lower House after he had already won the senate. At 39, the former mayor of Florence is Italy’s youngest premier in history. His government is the fourth in just over two years and the third straight to come to power without elections.

In a speech before the vote, Renzi had outlined an ambitious programme of reforms which he said was “bold and innovative” but which his opponents and members of his own party said it somehow lacked details.

The centre-left leader promised to overhaul the tax system by “a gigantic operation of simplification”, and to cut unemployment well above 12 percent with “the courage to revolutionize the economic and legal system of our country”.

He promised sweeping reforms to the country’s slow-moving justice system, vowed to boost foreign investment in Italy and clear the debts of the public administration to private sector suppliers.

Another interesting aspect of his government plan has to do with schools. Renzi is strongly motivated to invest at least 2 billion euros to refurbish 2.500 schools in order to create better and improved spaces for students.

Renzi, has also unveiled a government of eight men and eight women who he has said are capable of driving through radical change. Some of them are completely new, some have been maintained by the previous government.

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