Italian Prime Minister-designate Paolo Gentiloni has the parliamentary backing needed to form a government and is expected to keep many of the ministers from the outgoing administration in place, political sources said on Monday.
Barely 24 hours after receiving a mandate from President Sergio Mattarella to lead a new government, Gentiloni said he would see the head of state at 5.30 p.m. (1630 GMT) in a sign that talks with party leaders had proved successful.
Outgoing premier Matteo Renzi, who resigned last week after suffering a heavy defeat in a referendum on his constitutional reform plans, said he expected an early election in 2017.
Gentiloni is a loyal Renzi ally who is unlikely to undermine his predecessor within the ruling Democratic Party (PD). In a sign he was sticking to his master's script, he was expected to include many members of Renzi's team in his cabinet.