Enrico Letta asked to Form New Italian Government

Via the BBC:  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 appointment of Mr Letta, currently deputy leader of the centre-left Democratic Party, could see the end of two months of parliamentary deadlock.

Of course, being asked to form the new government is the relatively easy part.  The hard part is constructing a governing coalition in the context of the recent elections outcomes (not to mention the economic circumstances):

Mr Letta must now form a cabinet that can win cross-party support and a vote of confidence in parliament.

Factions from across the political spectrum have indicated that they are now ready to form a coalition under a figure like Mr Letta.

He 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 Mr Berlusconi’s right-wing group – making him again a major political influence.

The the results of the February elections can be found here:  click.

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