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Alfano says Thursday 'an important day' for Renzi

NCD sets out list of priorities for PD premier-designate

20 February, 11:26
Alfano says Thursday 'an important day' for Renzi (ANSA) - Rome, February 20 - Angelino Alfano, deputy premier and interior minister, said Thursday that his New Centre Right (NCD) political party has its list of demands ready for premier-designate Matteo Renzi.

"We already have our Excel spreadsheet ready, with a precise list of our priorities and a timetable for its implementation and goals," Alfano said following an NCD meeting.

"Today is an important day," for Renzi to understand the NCD demands, and for Renzi to make his own plans more clear, said Alfano.

He spoke as Renzi, who met Wednesday night with President Giorgio Napolitano, continued to work towards presenting a new executive on Saturday.

Renzi updated Napolitano on his consultations with political parties as the 39-year-old Democratic Party (PD) leader prepares become Italy's youngest-ever premier.

Renzi took over after ending the coalition government led by his PD colleague Enrico Letta last week, accusing Letta of being too slow on enacting reforms to streamline the political system and revive the country's troubled economy.

The premier-designate, who has been compared to a young Tony Blair, said he intends to present an ambitious reform programme.

The PD chief said his new administration would be supported by the same majority as Letta's, with Alfano's NCD as junior partner.

Renzi has already called the NCD reform program, which reportedly rejected a wealth tax and called for a justice minister to defend suspects' rights, "very good and positive".

The NCD is a group of centre-right moderates who split from Silvio Berlusconi's revived Forza Italia (FI) party when it rejected the ex-premier's bid to scupper Letta after the PD insisted on a Senate ban for the media magnate following a tax-fraud conviction.

It has warned Renzi that his government would never come to life if NCD demands were not met.