With a brewing banking crisis as a backdrop, Paolo Gentiloni was named Italy's new prime minister on Sunday, filling a void left by close ally Matteo Renzi, who quit after a crushing referendum defeat.
In the wake of far-right activity in northern Italy, the country's ruling Democrats have led a rally in Como to warn about the dangers of fascism. The Italian Constitution bans the return of fascist organizations.
The rich northern regions had voted for greater autonomy in two separate referendums on Sunday. Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni has said talks will not undermine Italy's unity.
The 81-year-old veteran of Italian politics is on course for a stunning political comeback in next year's national general election. His center-right bloc may not have much to fear from the ruling Democratic Party.
Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has been re-elected as leader of the ruling Democratic Party (PD). Renzi's win was announced well ahead of the end of counting, as his rivals fell far behind.
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