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Letta says he will not 'surrender to chaos'

Premier promises to 'fight like a lion' for good government

11 December, 13:24
Letta says he will not 'surrender to chaos' (ANSA) - Rome, December 11 - Premier Enrico Letta said Wednesday that he "will not surrender to chaos" created by bickering among rival Italian politicians.

Instead, the premier said, "I will fight like a lion," to complete the agenda his government has prepared for 2014 and beyond.

He spoke shortly before an important confidence vote in the House and Senate on his coalition government's program that Letta said is necessary to stimulate economic growth that will pull the country out of its deepest recession since the Second World War.

"With confidence in our new beginnings, let us leave behind quarrels and useless stop-and-go discussions," Letta said in a major address before the vote.

"I believe that we will succeed and I will fight like a lion," to achieve that success, Letta said.

He also said that his measures will help Italy turn the corner on the "darkness" of the economic crisis and promised action to replace a despised election law, reduce labour costs, and help the country achieve growth in gross domestic product (GDP) of 2% in 2015.

Letta's government has faced significant turmoil with its coalition partners, particularly ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi who tried to sink Letta's broad coalition with Berlusconi's now-defunct People of Freedom (PdL) party that ended two months of post-election stalemate in April.

The PdL ultimately split, with Berlusconi reforming his Forza Italia (FI) party that now sits in opposition, and other PdL members forming a New Centre Right (NCD) party to join Letta's Democratic Party (PD) in an altered coalition government.

Letta has also faced a steady barrage of criticism from ex-comedian Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S).