Italy's PM-designate Enrico Letta reaches government deal


Italian prime minister-designate leftist Enrico Letta (R) listens President Giorgio Napolitano after he announced his new government following their meeting at the Quirinale presidential palace on April 27, 2013 in Rome.


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Enrico Letta, Italy's prime minister-designate, has reached a deal to form the country's new government. 

Letta, the deputy leader of the center-left Democratic Party, was elected two months ago, but has been in a bitter political deadlock trying to reach a deal. 

The government was solidified Saturday after Letta met with Italian president Giorgio Napolitano.

His new cabinet includes a close ally of former PM Berlusconi: Angelino Alfano, secretary of the People of Liberty Party, has been appointed as deputy prime minister and interior minister, Reuters reported

Also on the docket are Bank of Italy director general Fabrizio Saccomanni, who will head the country's economic ministry, and ex-European Commissioner Emma Bonino in the role of foreign minister. 

The swearing-in ceremony will take place Sunday at 11:30 a.m. local time; Letta will appear before Parliament Monday to get their vote of confidence. 

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