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President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic
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Seal of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers
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Flag of the President of the Council of Ministers
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Incumbent
Giuseppe Conte

sinceĀ 1 June 2018
Style President (reference and spoken)
Premier (reference, informal)
His Excellency (diplomatic, outside Italy)
Member of Government
European Council
Residence Palazzo Chigi
Seat Rome
Appointer President of the Republic
Term length No term limit
The Prime Minister's term of office ends when the Parliament withdraws its confidence to the Cabinet or in case of resignation
Inaugural holder Camillo Benso di Cavour
Formation 17 March 1861
Website governo.it

The President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic (Italian: Presidente del Consiglio dei ministri della Repubblica Italiana), commonly referred to in Italy as Presidente del Consiglio, or informally as Premier and known in English as the Prime Minister of Italy, is the head of government of the Italian Republic. The office of Prime Minister is established by Articles 92 through to 96 of the Constitution of Italy. The Prime Minister is appointed by the President of the Republic after each general election and must have the confidence of the Italian Parliament to stay in office.

Prior to the establishment of the Italian Republic, the position was called President of the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom of Italy (Presidente del Consiglio dei ministri del Regno d'Italia). From 1925 to 1943 during the Fascist regime, the position was transformed into the dictatorial position of Head of the Government, Prime Minister, Secretary of State (Capo del Governo, primo ministro, segretario di Stato) held by Benito Mussolini, Duce of Fascism, who officially governed on the behalf of the King of Italy. King Victor Emmanuel III removed Mussolini from office in 1943 and the position was restored with Marshal Pietro Badoglio becoming Prime Minister in 1943. Alcide De Gasperi became the first Prime Minister of the Italian Republic in 1946.

The Prime Minister is the President of the Council of Ministers which holds executive power and the position is similar to those in most other parliamentary systems. The formal Italian order of precedence lists the office as being ceremonially the fourth most important Italian state office.


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