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Renzi calls for general election as soon as possible

'If it were up to me we would vote tomorrow' says Florence mayor

10 April, 17:41
Renzi calls for general election as soon as possible (ANSA) - Trieste, April 10 - Matteo Renzi, Florence mayor and rising star in the center-left Democratic Party (PD), said Wednesday he hopes Italians hold another general election "as soon as possible" for a new government. "If it were up to me, we would return to elections tomorrow morning," Renzi said at a campaign rally in Trieste.

A touted future leader of the PD, Renzi as of late has been highly critical of party leader Pier Luigi Bersani, who has consistently refused to form a grand coalition with ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi of the center-right People of Freedom (PdL) party in order to cobble together a government out of the various parties that won seats in February's divisive general election.

Renzi has complained the parties - including his own - have been "wasting time" while Italy sinks ever deeper into the economic and social mire.

He is apparently becoming more insistent that a new election be held if no agreement can be reached.

The only alternative, he repeated Wednesday, would be a Bersani-Berlusconi pact reached "as fast as possible".

"Every day that is lost is time lost for Italy," he added.