Italy PM-designate Enrico Letta agrees on new government

  • Italy’s Prime Minister-designate Enrico Letta has reached a deal on the formation of a new government.

    The agreement was announced after Letta met President Giorgio Napolitano on Saturday, bringing an end to a political stalemate following inconclusive general elections in February.

    The coalition brings together Letta's Democratic Party (PD) and the People of Freedom party (PDL) of former leader Silvio Berlusconi.

    The swearing-in is to take place later this morning.

    Berlusconi had earlier said he would not be a minister. However, he has pushed for senior figures from his party to be given top posts.

    PDL Secretary Angelino Alfano is to become deputy prime minister and interior minister in the new government while Bank of Italy director general Fabrizio Saccomanni will oversee the economy ministry and former European Commissioner Emma Bonino will become foreign minister, the first woman to secure the post.