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    New Italian P.M. Sworn In

    ROME, ITALY - NOVEMBER 16:   New Italian Prime Minister-designate, Mario Monti, speaks during a press conference to present the new government, at Quirinale Palace, on November 16, 2011 in Rome, Italy. Following the resignation of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, after a political career spanning over 20 years, Prime Minister designate Mario Monti presents the new Italian government. Their main task is to resolve Italy's deepening financial crisis within the Eurozone and address the country's crippling debts.  (Photo by Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)

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    Technocrats to the rescue. Mario Monti, who was sworn in as Italy’s new prime minister Wednesday, formed a government without a single politician. Instead, it is composed of bankers, diplomats, business executives, and economic experts. Monti, a former European Union commissioner, says he will serve both as Italy’s premier and as its economic minister while he tries to avert an impending financial disaster that threatens the entire euro zone. Monti’s ascension to the new post officially ends Silvio Berlusconi’s three-and-a-half-year government and 17-year political reign.

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