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Renzi says govt not focused on elections, but recovery

'Unemployment, growth, energy costs more pressing'

19 March, 18:25
Renzi says govt not focused on elections, but recovery (see related) (ANSA) - Rome, March 19 - Premier Matteo Renzi told the Senate Wednesday his government was not focused on surviving until elections, but on reforms to jumpstart the economy. "The measures we've started don't correspond to a wish to last until a vote," he said. "We're faced with a problem of (youth) unemployment at 42%, a lack of growth that starts at our shoelaces, and energy costs that are too high for businesses". Renzi, who was sworn in last month, forced out his predecessor, Enrico Letta, after repeatedly accusing him of focusing on nothing more than surviving in office rather than on much-needed reforms.

Renzi's fledgling government has since been marked by a drive to implement a series of reforms, ranging from the election process to the justice system and the economy.

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