President set to nominate Renzi as Italy's youngest premier




 
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President set to nominate Renzi as Italy's youngest premier
 
February 15th, 2014  
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President set to nominate Renzi as Italy's youngest premier
By Paolo Biondi and Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) - Young center-left leader Matteo Renzi was set to be nominated as Italy's youngest prime minister this weekend after a party coup forced Enrico Letta to resign as premier of the euro zone state struggling to pull out of recession. Letta bowed out on Friday after his Democratic Party (PD) forced him to step aside and make way for Renzi, 39, who is promising bold economic reforms and a government than can survive until 2018. President Giorgio Napolitano was expected to complete a round of consultations with parties in the evening and was likely soon afterwards to ask Renzi, the PD secretary and current mayor of Florence, to form a government, party sources said. Renzi, whose PD is the largest party in parliament, would become the youngest leader in Italy's 163-year history as a united country, younger even - by two months - than Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini was when he took over in 1922.




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