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Italian PM Letta announces resignation: Official

Published on Feb 14, 2014 1:25 AM
File picture of former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta during a news conference with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Trieste last year. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ROME (AFP) - Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta announced his resignation on Thursday after his own party voted for a change of  government, with 39-year-old leftist Matteo Renzi now expected to replace him.

Mr Letta said he will submit his resignation to President Giorgio Napolitano on Friday after less than a year at the head of an uneasy left-right coalition and just as Italy is beginning to emerge from a painful recession.

Members of the centre-left Democratic Party’s governing directorate voted 136 for and 16 against to a motion requesting a change of government submitted by Mr Renzi in a dramatic climax to a weeks-long feud with Mr Letta.

The party thanked Mr Letta for his “positive work” but called for “a new phase with a new executive”.

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