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Renzi says State will pay all debt by Sept. 21

Bets pilgrimage by foot from Florence to Mount Senario

13 March, 20:04
Renzi says State will pay all debt by Sept. 21 (see related) (ANSA) - Rome, March 13 - Italian Premier Matteo Renzi on Thursday said that by September 21, the government plans to have repaid all State debts outstanding with companies and individuals.

Speaking on television chat show Porta a Porta, the premier went on to say it was impossible to repay the debt before then due to the times required by the legislation, but he promised "by September 21 we will have paid them all".

He went on to challenge the host to a bet, and vowed to take a pilgrimage by foot from Florence to nearby Mount Senario on September 21, the day his patron Saint Matteo and the last day of the summer, if he fails.

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