Conte sworn in as PM of Italy’s anti-establishment government

Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella swore in Giuseppe Conte on Friday as Prime Minister of Western Europe’s first anti-establishment government, Reuters said. It promised to cut taxes, boost welfare spending and overhaul European Union rules on budgets and immigration. Conte, a 53-year-old law professor, must now win confidence votes in parliament next week. The far-right League and the radical 5-Star Movement have solid majorities in both houses. The two parties backing Conte gathered more than half of the votes in the March election but had been unable to form a government for nearly three months.