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President asks Letta to form gov't in Italy


Rome, Apr 24 (EFE).- Enrico Letta, deputy secretary of the center-left Democratic Party, or PD, was asked by President Giorgio Napolitano on Wednesday to form a new government in Italy.

Letta, who announced plans to resign from the PD leadership last Friday in response to party secretary-general Pier Luigi Bersani's resignation, agreed to serve as prime minister but "with reservations."

The politician plans to hold meetings in the Chamber of Deputies on Thursday to gauge the viability of forming a new government.

Letta plans to discuss his conclusions with Napolitano and present him with a list of possible Cabinet ministers.

The objective is to create a "government of service to the country," Letta said.