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Enrico Letta tries to form new Italian government

SURPRISE CHOICE:The 46-year-old Letta speaks fluent English and would be one of the nation’s youngest prime ministers. He hopes to have a Cabinet formed by Monday

Reuters, ROME

Accepting his mandate on Wednesday, Letta said Italy faced an untenable situation and the government must provide answers on jobs, poverty and the crisis facing small businesses in a recession that now matches the longest since World War II.

He also said EU economic policies had been too focused on austerity, rather than growth.

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