GETTYNew Italian PM, Giuseppe Conte, and President, Sergio Matarella
The law professor - a compromise candidate - was approved by the Italian president yesterday after the two populist parties Lega and the Five Star Movement reached a coalition deal, but his selection has been considered controversial by many.
Mr Conte has no experience in politics and has been accused of exaggerating his CV, saying that he studied at some of the world’s top universities.
The Guardian reported that his CV contained a reference to time spent at New York University in 2008 and 2009, where he apparently “refined” his studies.
However, the claims were thrown into doubt when NYU couldn’t prove that he was ever enrolled.
NYU spokeswoman Michelle Tsai said: “A person by this name does not show up in any of our records as either a student or a faculty member.
But, Ms Tsai also told the New York Times that the university does not keep records of people who were enrolled on shorter one or two day courses.
The 5SM were quick to defend Mr Conte when he was accused of lying.
A party statement said: