Gentiloni Silveri, Paolo, 1954–, Italian politician. From a aristocratic Roman family, Gentiloni became a journalist and was originally aligned with the Greens. First elected to parliament in 2001, he helped found (2002) the Democracy Is Freedom party, which later became (2007) the Democratic party. He served (2006–8) as minister of communications under Premier Prodi and was an unsuccessful candidate (2013) for mayor of Rome. Under Premier Renzi he served (2014–16) as foreign minister, and after Renzi resigned (2016), he succeeded him as premier (2016–18). Renzi remained party leader, however, and Gentiloni was seen largely as a caretaker premier.
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