Matteo Renzi becomes Italy's youngest ever prime minister

Matteo Renzi, 39, has been sworn in as Italy's youngest prime minister ever.

New Italian PM: 'We are Italy, we will succeed'

Matteo Renzi has tweeted to thank his followers for their support, the new Italian prime minister said: "Thanks for your messages. Tough and difficult task. But we are Italy, we will succeed. A commitment: to remain ourselves, free and simple."

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Grazie per i messaggi. Compito tosto e difficile. Ma siamo l'Italia, ce la faremo. Un impegno: rimanere noi stessi, liberi e semplici.

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Italy to swear in its youngest ever prime minister

Matteo Renzi, 39, will be sworn in as Italy's youngest prime minister ever today.

Matteo Renzi will be sworn in as Italy's youngest prime minister ever today Credit: Reuters

The centre-left Democratic Party leader unveiled his government yesterday and said the broad coalition will bring hope to the economically stagnant country.

Watch: Italy set to swear in youngest leader in history

After formally accepting the mandate to form the government, Mr Renzi said he will waste no time in enacting reform.

"We aim tomorrow morning to immediately do the things that need to get done," he said.

Italy set to swear in youngest leader in history

Within weeks of being elected as leader of Italy's most powerful political organisation, the centre-left Democratic Party, Matteo Renzi is set to become the country's Prime Minister.

Despite not even being an MP, The Mayor of Florence has been asked to form Italy's next government and is claiming a mandate to enact an ambitious series of reforms.

After almost no reform in Italy for a decade, Renzi is promising constitutional reform by the end of February, jobs reform in March, public administration reform in April and tax reform in May.

Is he the start of a brave new era in Italian politics? ITV News Europe Editor James Mates reports: