17 Nov 2011

Italy's new PM names Cabinet free of politicians

7:35 am on 17 November 2011

Italy's new prime minister Mario Monti has been sworn in.

The ceremony at the Quirinale Palace took place after Mr Monti presented the details of his new Cabinet.

The line-up contains no politicians, despite reports that representatives of Italy's major parties might be included.

Instead, all the ministers are non-political experts in their fields, the BBC reports.

Mr Monti himself will look after the new economy portfolio - another indication that he regards economic reform as the overwhelming priority of his administration.

Banker Corrado Passera will lead a super ministry of development, infrastructure and transport.

The head of the anti-trust authority Antonio Catricala has been made under-secretary to the prime minister's office.