Media mogul and new premier of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi, formed his new government in record timing. Berlusconi broke with protocol and made history by promptly handing Italian president Giorgio Napolitano with a list of ministers who will be in his new government. The list of MPs was immediately accepted by Napolitano.
Italy's newest cabinet is composed of 12 full ministers and nine others without portfolio-four less than the outgoing center-left government of Romano Prodi. It is the 66th since the fall of Fascism and the 60th since Italy was proclaimed a republic after WWII.