Italian prime minister-designate leftist Enrico Letta (R) shakes hand with President Giorgio Napolitano
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Italy PM-designate Enrico Letta agrees new government

27 April 2013 Last updated at 18:35 BST

A deal on the formation of a new government has been reached in Italy, ending two months of political deadlock since the general election.

The agreement was announced after Prime Minister-designate Enrico Letta met President Giorgio Napolitano.

The BBC's Bethany Bell explains how two traditional rivals of the centre left and the centre right came to an agreement after having their "heads knocked together" by Napolitano.