Renzi given mandate to form government in Italy

Feb. 17, 2014 at 10:45 AM

ROME, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Matteo Renzi, Italy's anticipated prime minister, said Monday he hoped to have reforms in place within the next few months.

Renzi, given a mandate by President Giorgio Napolitano to form a new government, pledged to complete electoral reforms by the end of February followed "immediately afterward by labor reforms in March, public-administration reforms in April and fiscal [reforms] in May," ANSA reported.

Renzi, leader of the Democratic Party and mayor of Florence, must conduct talks with other parties on establishing government programs and form a new Cabinet, the report said.

"We intend to work seriously on the Cabinet makeup," Renzi said.

If he is successful in forming a new government, the 39-year-old Renzi will become the youngest Italian prime minister.

Enrico Letta resigned as Italy's prime minister Friday.

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