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Letta to propose govt pact 'within hours'

Govt under fire from leader of premier's own party

11 February, 14:00
Letta to propose govt pact 'within hours' (see related story) (ANSA) - Milan, February 11 - Premier Enrico Letta said that he would present a policy pact to the parties supporting his weak coalition government later on Tuesday. The left-right administration is in peril after coming under fire for lack of progress on reforms from Matteo Renzi, the leader of Letta's centre-left Democratic Party (PD), the biggest group in parliament.

Letta met President Giorgio Napolitano for talks on the situation early on Tuesday and the head of State spent two hours with Renzi late on Monday.

"Within hours I'll present my proposal for a coalition pact to the parties supporting the government," Letta said at Milan's BIT tourism fair. "The government project that I'll present is convincing and I'm convinced that it will convince all the parties that support the government.

"I'm convinced that the plan will convince all the parties, including the PD. I met Napolitano this morning and we spoke about the government's prospects and the choices to make".

Earlier on Tuesday Renzi told PD lawmakers he was bringing forward a crunch party meeting on the future of the government to Thursday. The meeting was originally scheduled for February 20.

Renzi and Letta may speak about the situation later on Tuesday, parliamentary sources said.