In 2011-2013, Alfano served as secretary of Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party, while in April 2013 he was appointed Italy`s interior minister.
Earlier in the day, Gentiloni submitted to President Sergio Mattarella a list of ministers to form the new cabinet. The swearing-in ceremony is set to be held at 19:00 GMT at the Quirinal Palace. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi stepped down after his constitutional reform proposals were rejected by Italians in a referendum, which was largely seen as an opportunity for the nation to express its dissatisfaction with the government. The "no" campaign was led by anti-establishment and Euroskeptic opposition parties.