PD votes for Renzi premiership bid
Overwhelming support for Florence mayor13 February, 18:31
The executive of the PD, Italy's largest party, voted by 136 votes to 16 with two abstentions to back a new government led by the dynamic young Florence mayor.
Renzi, who at 39 would become Italy's youngest-ever premier, has vowed to "recharge the government's batteries". The PD leader, who has been likened to a young Tony Blair and is expected to get a parliamentary OK after a mandate from Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, would be Italy's third straight non-elected premier.
Letta, who struggled to hold together two fractious and unprecedented left-right coalitions, will hand in his resignation to Napolitano Friday after 10 months of often frustrating reform efforts.