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June 13, 2021
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Enrico Letta set to become Italy’s new prime minister

Enrico Letta is set to become Italy’s new prime minister, after being asked by President Giorgio Napolitano to form a broad coalition government, the BBC reported Wednesday.

The appointment of Letta, currently deputy leader of the centre-left Democratic Party, could see the end of two months of parliamentary deadlock. An inconclusive general election in February has left the country in flux. In a statement following the closed-door meeting, Letta said austerity in Europe was “no longer enough”.Enrico Letta is former youth member of a right-wing part,  currently deputy head of the centre-left Democratic Party. In 1998, became youngest government minister in Italy’s history aged 32. He Has held several ministerial posts.“The president has given the nomination to Enrico Letta,” presidential spokesman Donato Marra announced following a closed-door meeting between Napolitano and Letta.

Factions from across the political spectrum have indicated that they are now ready to form a coalition under a figure like Letta. The 46-year-old is the nephew of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s chief-of-staff Gianni Letta, and is seen as a moderate acceptable to the centre-right. A broad alliance would include Berlusconi’s right-wing group – making him again a major political influence.

This awkward coming together of bitter rivals is seen as the only way to end the parliamentary stalemate and put an administration in place. But it is a forced political marriage that may not last long, our correspondent adds. The new government will be expected to try to implement a limited range of economic and institutional reforms.

Among its priorities will be an effort to re-shape the current election law. The aim would be to ensure that future general elections would deliver more emphatic, clear-cut results. Tuesday, president Giorgio Napolitano, has berated his country’s feuding politicians after being sworn-in for an unprecedented second term. He told the assembled MPs that they had been guilty of a long series of failings. With his voice at times cracking with emotion and frustration, he said their failure to implement key reforms – in particular to the election law – had been “unforgivable”. And he delivered a thinly-veiled warning that he would resign unless things changed. “I must be frank,” he said. “If I again face deafness – as in the past – I will not hesitate to take conclusions in front of the nation.”The factions that filled the benches in front of him are so divided that in the two months since the general election they have not been able to form a new coalition government. President Napolitano said that this could not go on. There had to be a new administration “without delay”.The very fact that the president was being sworn in as Italy’s president for a second time is testament to the country’s political paralysis. Aged 87, he was just weeks away from a well-earned retirement. He had actually already begun shipping his books out of the presidential palace. But in round after round of balloting, the political parties could not agree on who should replace him. And in desperation, they beseeched Napolitano to stay on, to renew his mandate. Reluctantly he agreed, and he was resoundingly re-elected almost immediately on Saturday.

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