Matteo Renzi asked to form new government in Italy

Matteo Renzi asked to form new government in Italy
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Centre-left Democratic Party leader Matteo Renzi has been asked to form a new government in Italy.

The Mayor of Florence is set to become the country’s youngest ever prime minister at just 39 years old.

After a meeting at the presidential palace in Rome, he spoke of a “sense of urgency” and promised “courage and energy” from his new administration.

“I thanked the President and assured him that I will put all my strength and energy into this difficult situation,” he said, adding that on Tuesday he will start consultations to form a government.

Renzi had been summoned to the palace after engineering the removal of his party rival Enrico Letta as
prime minister at a meeting of the Democratic Party leadership last week, following growing impatience with the slow pace of economic reforms.

Letta formally resigned on Friday.

Renzi is thought to have discussed the likely shape of his new team with President Giorgio Napolitano. It will need to be approved by both houses of parliament.

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