Saturday, February 15, 2014

Italy’s Premier Leaves Post Amid Dispute --- ROME — Prime Minister Enrico Letta of Italy resigned on Friday, the day after his own Democratic Party voted to replace him with the party’s new leader, Matteo Renzi, the 39-year-old mayor of Florence. -- Shortly before meeting with President Giorgio Napolitano to formally relinquish his post, Mr. Letta sent out his thanks to his supporters, adding, “Every day as if it were the last one.” It was a pointed reference to the many difficulties and hurdles he faced over the past 10 months as the head of a coalition government of traditionally antagonistic political parties cobbled together after inconclusive elections last year. -- The coalition’s perceived limitations, and especially its inability after nearly a year in office to draft economic overhauls to efficiently combat the decline of the euro zone’s third-largest economy, gave impetus to the Democratic Party’s demands for change, starting with Mr. Letta’s resignation. - More, NYTimes, at:


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