Monday, February 17, 2014

Matteo Renzi to form new Italian govt.

Italy will have its youngest post-war leader with the appointment of 39-year-old Matteo Renzi of the Democratic Party as prime minister.

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta resigned last week in face of criticism from his own Democratic Party over the slow pace of economic reform. President Giorgio Napolitano and political party leaders held talks on Letta's successor.

On Monday, President Napolitano named Renzi, the leader of the Democratic Party, the largest force in Parliament, as the new prime minister.

Renzi is soon expected to submit a list of cabinet members to the president before inaugurating his government.

Renzi served as mayor of the popular tourist city of Florence for 5 years. At 39, he will be Italy's youngest prime minister in the post-World War Two period.

An opinion poll conducted by a leading newspaper last month showed that Renzi had high approval ratings as the most reliable party leader. But he was also criticized for taking Letta's place. Attention is focused on whether Renzi will be able to manage a stable government.