Two policemen shot as new Italy government sworn in
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Enrico Letta was sworn in as Italy's new prime minister on Sunday and immediately faced a crisis with a gunman shooting two police officers outside his office.
The shooter‚ a 49-year-old unemployed man‚ was quickly arrested at the scene.
He told investigators he was planning to attack politicians but none were within range so he fired at police instead.
"It was a crazy gesture of somebody who‚ as we are now discovering is unemployed‚ who lost his head over lack of work and a matrimonial crisis."
One of the officers was shot in the neck and is in critical condition.
The other was shot in the leg.
"It seems like their injuries are not life threatening. One is a bit worse than the other‚ but the injuries are not fatal. Investigations are going on‚ all the details are being checked."
The incident came as the government was installed in Italy ending a political stalemate that has lasted two months.
Democratic Party Deputy Leader‚ Enrico Letta‚ is the country's new prime minister at the head of a grand coalition including Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom party.
Angelino Alfano‚ secretary of Berlusconi's party‚ will be deputy prime minister.
Letta appointed a mix of young politicians from the center right and left in an attempt to cooperate to solve the country's deep social and economic problems.
Letta says his main priority is tackling the economy which has contracted for six consecutive quarters.
Kim Hyun-bin‚ Arirang News.
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