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Italian leftist leader Renzi calls for new government

Published on Feb 13, 2014 10:51 PM

ROME (AFP) - The head of Italy's centre-left Democratic Party Matteo Renzi on Thursday called for a new government in his first direct challenge to Prime Minister Enrico Letta after a long-running feud between the two.

The party leadership "notes the necessity and urgency of opening a new phase with a new executive," Mr Renzi said at the start of a key party meeting in Rome.