(ANSA) - Rome, February 17 - Matteo Renzi, the head of the
centre-left Democratic Party (PD), was poised to receive a
mandate to try to form a government from Italian President
Giorgio Napolitano on Monday.
Their meeting was met by protests outside the presidential
palace from opposition parties demanding elections, now that
Renzi appears destined to become the third-straight unelected
The ascent to power came as the charismatic 39-year-old
held a PD meeting on Thursday, when the party voted
overwhelmingly in favor of toppling the executive of outgoing PD
Premier Enrico Letta, who had struggled to make swift economic
and electoral reforms in his 10-months at the helm.
Before Renzi takes over he will have to win the support of
small centrist parties and the New Center Right (NCD) of
Angelino Alfano, Letta's interior minister and deputy premier.
Other challenges include convincing the people he wants to
join a cabinet that appears destined to face the same insecurity
that marked its predecessors.
Andrea Guerra, the CEO of Italian eyewear giant Luxottica,
has already refused a rumored offer to become industry minister,
and former Italian premier Romano Prodi has shot down media
speculation he could be tapped as economy minister.