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Thursday
Apr252013

Italy Appoints a Prime Minister

Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images(ROME) -- It took two months, but Italy has a new prime minister -- at least for now.  Enrico Letta, deputy leader of the centre-left Democratic party, was named the interim prime minister.

Italy's President Giorgio Napolitano appointed Letta after an inconclusive election in February left Italy's government without a leader for two months.

Letta, 46, is the nephew of the adviser to former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and has a reputation for being a moderate on political issues.  He now faces the daunting task of getting a bitterly divided parliament to work in unison.

According to the UK's The Guardian, Letta said he would try to shift away from the EU-led focus on austerity measures that were "no longer sufficient."

Italy's is the eurozone's third-largest economy, The Guardian reports.

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