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Italy PM resigning after party coup

  • February 15th, 2014
  • Posted by EU Australia

Letta ItalyThe Italian Prime Minister, Enrico Lenzi (picture), 47, has stood down, 23.2.14, less than a year into his term, after his party, the centre-left Democrats, withdrew their support.Renzi ItalyA party meeting declared support for his challenger, Matteo Renzi (picture – insert), 39, the Mayor of Florence who has been Secretary of the party since last year.

Party members said that Mr Lenzi had been slow getting on with implementing a government program, where planned a liberalisation of industrial laws to boost employment, within a framework of European Union budget requirements.

His own-party critics might want to push some of those aside, if they could without tempting a new bout of crisis in European financial relations.

They have been worried about building pressure from the right-of-centre People of Freedom Party, their partners in a national coalition , formed after a deadlock in elections, and nominally installed for a five-year term, to 2018.

Fedi, MarcoA Democratic Party member of parliament elected from the overseas Italian constituency in the Australian region, Marco Fedi (picture), 55, supported the change of leader.

“The opposition was growing stronger and we needed a stronger leader”, he told SBS Radio.

See EUAustralia Online, Italy’s election deadlock, 26.2.13.

Reference

James Mackenzie,  Italian PM Letta to resign after party withdraws support, Reuters, London, 13.2.14. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/13/us-italy-politics-idUSBREA1C0BJ20140213, (14.2.14).

SBS, Sydney, Resignation of Italy’s PM ‘no surprise’ to Aussie MP, 14.2.14. http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/02/14/resignation-italys-pm-no-surprise-aussie-mp, (14.2.14).

Pictures  wikipedia, wilditaly.net

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