* Cabinet list expected to be approved by President
* Accord reached over post for leader of centre-right
* Confidence vote in parliament expected Monday
By Massimiliano Di Giorgio
ROME, Feb 21 Italian centre-left leader Matteo
Renzi is close to naming the members of his government and is
expected to meet President Giorgio Napolitano on Friday to
confirm his cabinet list, a source in Renzi's Democratic Party
Confirmation of the list would allow the government to be
sworn in by the weekend, ahead of a confidence vote in
parliament expected on Monday.
Renzi, who forced out his party rival Enrico Letta last week
after attacking the slow pace of economic reforms, is expected
to govern with the same cross-party alliance as his predecessor
but has not yet sealed a formal coalition accord.
He has sketched an ambitious agenda, promising to tackle
electoral and constitutional reform, make the labour market and
tax systems more efficient and overhaul the bloated public
administration all within four months.
However as well as having to deal with the same unwieldy
coalition which hampered Letta, he will also face questions
about how he gained office, which could limit his ability to
push through unpopular reform measures.
At 39, he would be Italy's youngest-ever prime minister, but
he would also be the third in a row to gain office without
winning an election and opinion polls suggest many Italians are
concerned about the lack of a mandate from voters.
Much of the past week has been spent in consultations with
other parties, in particular the small centre-right NCD party
whose support he will need for a majority in parliament.
A separate source in the PD said Renzi had met NCD leader
Angelino Alfano overnight and appeared to have agreed on the
future role for Alfano who served as deputy prime minister and
interior minister under Letta.
The source said Alfano would give up his position as deputy
prime minister but would remain at the interior ministry.
However there was still uncertainty over who would fill the
economy ministry portfolio, the key contact point with the
European Central Bank and European Union partners and an
important element in maintaining foreign investor confidence.
Media speculation on Friday focused on current incumbent
Fabrizio Saccomanni, a former Bank of Italy official, or on
Graziano Delrio, regional affairs minister in the Letta
government and Renzi's right-hand man in the coalition
(Writing by James Mackenzie; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)