Berlusconi Secures Third Term as Italy's PM

World | April 15, 2008, Tuesday // 00:00
Berlusconi Secures Third Term as Italy's PM Media magnate Silvio Berlusconi has won his third mandate as Italian Prime Minister. File photo

Media magnate Silvio Berlusconi has won his third mandate as Italian Prime Minister with the outline of Italy's new government starting to emerge after the victory.

Gianni Letta becomes deputy prime minister, while Roberto Maroni, chairman of the Northern League party, will take over the Interior Ministry. Another political heavyweight, Giulio Tremonti, takes over Economic Affairs, Radio Netherlands reported.

After two years in opposition, Berlusconi is expected to return to Rome on Tuesday although for procedural reasons he is unlikely to be appointed prime minister before early May.

Mr Berlusconi hopes to finalise his cabinet team within the next few days but warned Italians they would face deep economic problems that must be solved.

Berlusconi has also pledged to cut taxes and reduce public debt, as well as work towards liberalising the economy.

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