Mario Monti has been asked to form a new Italian government. The former European Commissioner has received a presidential mandate nominating him as prime minister to try and implement urgently needed economic reforms.
The economist will head an emergency administration following the resignation of Silvio Berlusconi, who’s centre-right People of Freedom party says its ready to support a Monti-led government.
But the move is conditional on the make-up and policy programme to be announced by the new government.
The new cabinet could be named tonight ready for a parliamentary confidence vote tomorrow or Tuesday.
It all follows the final approval of an austerity bill yesterday, paving the way for Berlusconi’s resignation as premier although he remains an MP and party leader.