Florence Mayor Renzi asked to form Italy's government

The centre-left leader Matteo Renzi is being tasked with forming a government fit to tackle Italy's troubled economy. Credit: Reuters

Italy's president has asked 39-year-old Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi to try to form the country's next government after the resignation of Enrico Letta, the Associated Press has reported.

Mr Letta stepped down as Italy's prime minister on Friday a day after the national committee of his Democratic party (PD) switched allegiance to Mr Renzo.

President Giorgio Napolitano has tasked Mr Renzo with forming an administration without the nation returning to the polls. He stands to become Italy's youngest prime minister in modern history.