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Generational turning point for Italy, says Letta

40-somethings cannot fail, says Letta

23 December, 12:56
Generational turning point for Italy, says Letta (ANSA) - Rome, December 23 - Premier Enrico Letta said Monday that Italian politics underwent a "generational turning point" when his left-right coalition government was sworn in in April. "In one stroke Italy recovered 30 years," Letta said in his end-of-year press conference. "This year and next will be remembered as an unprecedented generational turning point in the history of the Italian republic".

Letta, a 47-year-old member of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), replaced the 70-year-old Mario Monti as premier.

Monti's emergency technocrat administration, in turn, took over from the third government of 77-year-old media magnate Silvio Berlusconi, the dominant figure in Italian politics for two decades.

Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi, 38, recently took over as leader of the PD.

The PD's main government coalition partner, the small New Centre Right, is headed by 43-year-old Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Angelino Alfano. Letta said that the generation of Italian politics' 40-somethings has been "put to the test, adding that "it cannot fail, it has no alibis".