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Italy center-right bloc says ready to work on forming new government

ROME (Reuters) - Angelino Alfano, head of Italy's New Center Right party, said on Saturday that he was ready to work on forming a new government with the center-left Democratic Party led by Mattero Renzi but that it may take a few days to hammer out an agreement on policy. "We have very clear and concrete ideas on what the policy platform must be. If the ambition of the new government is great, then we cannot do things in a rush," Alfano said after meeting President Giorgio Napolitano.

Italy holds government talks as Renzi readies for power

Florence mayor Matteo Renzi was poised to win the nomination to be Italy's youngest-ever prime minister Saturday following the ouster of Enrico Letta by former allies in his centre-left Democratic Party. President Giorgio Napolitano was set to appoint Renzi after a day of consultations with political leaders including disgraced former premier and opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi.

Italy holds government talks as Renzi readies for power

Florence mayor Matteo Renzi was poised to win the nomination to be Italy's next prime minister on Saturday following the ouster of Enrico Letta by former allies in his centre-left Democratic Party. Party boss Renzi was set to be picked by President Giorgio Napolitano after a day of consultations with political leaders at the presidency including disgraced former premier and opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi.

Italy's Renzi readies for power but faces daunting task

By Gavin Jones and James Mackenzie ROME (Reuters) - Matteo Renzi is one step from becoming Italy's youngest-ever prime minister after swiftly dispatching Enrico Letta in a party coup, but the manner of his political triumph could make it harder to carry out the bold reforms needed to resurrect the economy.

Italy's Letta resigns as PM

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta has submitted his resignation to President Giorgio Napolitano, who will hold consultations Friday and Saturday to nominate his successor, the presidency said. Letta "submitted his irrevocable resignation," read a statement from the presidency on Friday. dt/ec

Italy's Letta resigns as PM, paving way for Renzi

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta resigned Friday in a fast-paced political drama in Rome that paves the way for 39-year-old centre-left leader Matteo Renzi to take his place. Financial markets cheered as Letta submitted his resignation to President Giorgio Napolitano after just 10 tumultuous months at the head of a fragile coalition with the centre-right in which he struggled with a rampant economic crisis. Napolitano on Friday will now begin consultations with political leaders to pick a nominee to replace Letta, which the presidency said would conclude on Saturday.

Italy president to conclude talks to form new government by Saturday

ROME (Reuters) - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has accepted the resignation of outgoing Prime Minister Enrico Letta and will immediately begin formal consultations to form a new government and complete them by Saturday, a statement from Napolitano's office said. He is expected to ask center-left leader Matteo Renzi to form a government, after Renzi's center-left Democratic Party, the largest party in the ruling coalition, withdrew its backing from Letta on Thursday. (Reporting By Gavin Jones)

Renzi grabs power in Italy without election

By Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Italian center-left leader Matteo Renzi is young, dynamic and has never shied away from a challenge, but his decision to force party colleague Enrico Letta to resign as prime minister is a huge political gamble. Renzi is certain to be asked by the president to form a government after Letta hands in his resignation on Friday.

Italy's Letta holds last cabinet meeting before resignation

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta held his last cabinet meeting before resigning on Friday in a lightning political crisis that paves the way for his 39-year-old rival Matteo Renzi to succeed him. Letta was expected to formally submit his resignation to President Giorgio Napolitano later on Friday after just 10 tumultuous months in government at the head of a fragile coalition with the centre-right.

Italian PM Letta to resign, Renzi poised to step in

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta will formally step down on Friday in a flash political crisis and his 39-year-old leftist challenger Matteo Renzi is poised to win the nomination to replace him. Letta said Thursday he would submit his resignation to President Giorgio Napolitano following his final cabinet meeting at 1030 GMT after less than a year in power at the head of an uneasy coalition.
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