Italy appeared to be on the verge of resolving its weeks-long political stalemate after the country’s president asked a senior figure in the centre-left Democratic party (PD) to form a grand coalition government including Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party.
Enrico Letta, deputy leader of the PD, said he had accepted a mandate to become Italy’s prime minister-designate with “a sense of deep responsibility” given the “very difficult, fragile, unprecedented” situation of the country.
“The country is waiting for a government. Everyone knows this is situation that cannot go on like this,” he said, adding that politics in Italy had “lost all credibility”.
Letta said he would try to form “a government of service to the country”.
He was speaking after meeting Giorgio Napolitano, who was re-elected head of state at the weekend. The 87-year-old said he had chosen Letta because he was from a younger generation but already had significant experience in parliament.
via The Guardian 
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