> ANSA English > News

Letta to tender resignation at 13:00

Renzi expected to get govt-formation mandate

14 February, 12:37
Letta to tender resignation at 13:00 (ANSA) - Rome, February 14 - Premier Enrico Letta will go to President Giorgio Napolitano at 13:00 (12:00 GMT) Friday to tender his resignation after his Democratic Party (PD) backed leader Matteo Renzi's call for a new government Thursday, government sources said. He had previously been reported as planning the trip up the Quirinale Hill to the presidential palace at 16:00 (15:00 GMT).

Letta bade his ministers farewell shortly after noon with a bottle of spumante, sources said.

Florence Mayor Renzi, 39, is a hot tip to receive a mandate from Napolitano to form a government, becoming Italy's youngest-ever premier.