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Letta blasts insinuations over Napolitano-Berlusconi

Premier said attacks must be met with 'firmness'

10 February, 17:35
Letta blasts insinuations over Napolitano-Berlusconi (ANSA) - Rome, February 10 - Premier Enrico Letta on Monday blasted "insinuations" that President Giorgio Napolitano may have engineered the end of Silvio Berlusconi's third government after it emerged that the head of State contacted Mario Monti months before it collapsed. Monti replaced Berlusconi as premier in November 2013 when Italy was in danger of facing a Greek-style financial meltdown.

The Life Senator and former European commissioner confirmed media reports on Monday that he had already been contacted by Napolitano in the summer of 2011 about the possibility of him taking the helm of an emergency administration. Some members of Berlusconi's Forza Italia party have called for the head of State to be impeached, something that the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) have also requested, having recently presented a petition in parliament.

"I'm amazed that these insinuations come at the same times as the attempt by the M5S to delegitimize the president's role as guarantor," said Letta. "It's necessary to react to these attacks with firmness".