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Italy president asks Matteo Renzi to be next PM

Italy's President Giorgio Napolitano has asked Matteo Renzi, the mayor of Florence, to form a new government.

It follows the resignation on Friday of Prime Minister Enrico Letta after he was ousted in a vote called by Mr Renzi at a meeting of their centre-left Democratic Party.

The party had accused Mr Letta of failing to tackle the ailing economy.

Mr Renzi, who has never been elected as MP, must negotiate a deal with Mr Letta's former coalition partners and could be sworn in on Thursday.

Europe Editor Gavin Hewitt reports.

  • 17 Feb 2014
  • From the section Europe
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