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Silvio Berlusconi is Italy's new prime minister
Berlusconi sworn in as premier

Silvio Berlusconi has been sworn in as Italy's 59th post-war premier after the billionaire media baron and his 24-man Cabinet gained ceremonial approval from President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. Berlusconi's Cabinet includes Umberto Bossi, the volatile politician who brought down his government seven years ago. Berlusconi, whose centre-right coalition won elections on May 13, has promised "innovation, freedom and welfare" for his country.

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