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Italy's Letta announces new coalition government

Enrico Letta, the deputy leader of Italy's centre-left Democratic Party (PD), will lead the new government. Credit: REUTERS/Max Rossi

Italian Prime Minister-designate Enrico Letta has informed the country's president that he can form a new coalition government, Reuters has reported.

Mr Letta met President Giorgio Napolitano to confirm his centre-left Democratic Party will align in power with centre-right forces dominated by Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom party.

Mr Berlusconi has confirmed he would not be a minister in the new cabinet.