Enrico Letta to become Italy's new prime minister

  • Enrico Letta is set to become Italy's new prime minister after he was asked on Wednesday by President Giorgio Napolitano to form a coalition government.

    His appointment could bring an end to two months of a parliamentary impasse following an inconclusive general election in February.

    Letta, currently deputy leader of the center-left Democratic Party, now has the task of forming a cabinet that can garner cross-party support and a vote of confidence in parliament.

    Parties from across the political spectrum, including former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing People of Freedom Party, have hinted they would form a coalition under Letta.

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