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Letta to present policy pact to parties at 18:00 Wednesday

Premier confident that 'Commitment Italy' will be accepted

12 February, 16:03
Letta to present policy pact to parties at 18:00 Wednesday (See related) (ANSA) - Rome, February 12 - Premier Enrico Letta said Wednesday that he would present his proposed coalition pact for political parties supporting his government at 18:00 local time.

The policy pact, titled "Commitment Italy", comes as Letta struggles to hold on to his position.

Speculation is rising that Letta might be replaced by his colleague PD leader Matteo Renzi, who has openly questioned whether it is worth continuing to support the weak government led by his PD colleague Letta. Letta, whose ability to deliver results has been impaired by the fractious nature of his governing alliance, has said that he was confident his policy pact would be endorsed by all the parties supporting his executive, including his PD.

Renzi, elected in a landslide in December, has called a PD meeting Thursday to decide the fate of the left-right coalition, with the Italian media forecasting three possible outcomes: him taking the helm from Letta; a reshuffle to bring in Renzi-ite ministers; or snap elections.

Pundits say an election is unlikely but Renzi has been harrying the government to accelerate on much-needed institutional reforms and measures to boost the troubled Italian economy.

The PD is the biggest group in parliament but it does not have enough MPs to be able to govern without allies from the centre and centre-right, or the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S), which has adamantly ruled out working with the traditional parties.

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