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Italian President Giorgio Napolitano attends a debate at the European Parliament ahead of his address to the assembly in Strasbourg, February 4, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler
ROME (Reuters) - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has accepted the resignation of outgoing Prime Minister Enrico Letta and will immediately begin formal consultations to form a new government and complete them by Saturday, a statement from Napolitano's office said.
He is expected to ask centre-left leader Matteo Renzi to form a government, after Renzi's centre-left Democratic Party, the largest party in the ruling coalition, withdrew its backing from Letta on Thursday.
(Reporting By Gavin Jones)
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