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New Italy PM to unveil programme for change

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Italy's new Prime Minister Enrico Letta was set to unveil his coalition government's programme on Monday, under the watchful gaze of international markets and European partners. 

Enrico Letta (R) shakes hand with President Giorgio Napolitano on April 27, 2013, in Rome. Letta, who is expected to address parliament at 1300 GMT, has said he wants to move quickly to deal with the social fallout of the longest slump in 20 years by tackling unemployment figures at close to 12% -- and higher among the young -- moving away from austerity imposed by his predecessor Mario Monti.

The recession-hit country, which had been left effectively without a government for over two months by an inconclusive election in February, is under pressure to act fast to tackle social, economic and institutional ills.

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