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Italy's Renzi gets OK to form new government

on February 17, 2014 10:00 AM

ROME (AP) — Italy’s president today asked the brash young leader of the Democratic Party, Matteo Renzi, to try to form a new government after Renzi managed to oust the previous premier in a power grab.

Renzi, the 39-year-old mayor of Florence, met for more than an hour with President Giorgio Napolitano. Afterward he said he would go to work immediately on forging a new coalition, with talks with potential partners formally beginning on Tuesday.

Renzi said he would need a “few days” before seeing whether he can succeed.

But he told reporters by the end of the month he would propose new legislation to reform Italy’s electoral law to make the country more governable.

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