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Small govt coalition parties call for crisis-aversion talks

Concern about turmoil between Premier Letta, new PD chief Renzi

17 January, 15:28
Small govt coalition parties call for crisis-aversion talks (ANSA) - Rome, January 17 - Three of the minor partners supporting Premier Enrico Letta's coalition executive on Friday called for talks to avert a government crisis.

The government has been hit by tension between Letta and the new leader of his centre-left Democratic Party (PD), Matteo Renzi.

Renzi, the 39-year-old mayor of Florence, has repeatedly blasted the government for being slow on passing much-needed economic and institutional reforms since he won a PD primary last month.

His arrival has also upset the balance between the PD and its government coalition partners.

A joint statement by the New Centre Left of Interior Minister and Deputy Premier Angelino Alfano, and two small centrist parties, Civic Choice and the PPL, called for talks to prevent tension within the PD causing a crisis "into the unknown".