Enrico Letta appointed Italian premier

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Associated Press

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 5:06 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 24 at 7:04 AM

ROME (AP) — Italy's president has appointed Enrico Letta as premier, asking him to try to form a government to end Italy's political paralysis and set the country back on the path of reform and economic growth.

Letta, a 46-year-old longtime center-left lawmaker, told reporters Wednesday he accepted the job er knowing it's an enormous responsibility and that Italy's political class "has lost all credibility."

He must now form a cabinet that can win broad, cross-party support and win a vote of confidence in Parliament.

Letta's improbable candidacy came after the chief of his Democratic Party, Pier Luigi Bersani, resigned after failing to form a government following inconclusive February elections and then failing to unite the party behind a candidate for president.

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