Italian prime minister-designate leftist Enrico Letta (R) shakes hand with President Giorgio Napolitano
Media playback is unsupported on your device

Italy PM-designate Enrico Letta agrees new government

A deal on the formation of a new government has been reached in Italy, ending two months of political deadlock since the general election.

The agreement was announced after Prime Minister-designate Enrico Letta met President Giorgio Napolitano.

The BBC's Bethany Bell explains how two traditional rivals of the centre left and the centre right came to an agreement after having their "heads knocked together" by Napolitano.

  • 27 Apr 2013
Go to next video: Does Italy government 'need reform'?