Italy president taps Gentiloni, favourite to be PM

Rome (AFP) –

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Italian President Sergio Mattarella, who is seeking to rapidly appoint a new prime minister, on Sunday summoned Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni to see him at 12.30 pm (1130 GMT).

Gentiloni is the favourite to replace outgoing premier Matteo Renzi, who resigned last week after suffering a crushing defeat in a referendum on constitutional reform.