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Renzi says PD will wait for Letta's call on De Girolamo

Ag minister under fire over appointments, 'should address MPs'

14 January, 19:37
Renzi says PD will wait for Letta's call on De Girolamo (see related) (ANSA) - Rome, January 14 - The head of the center-right Democratic Party (PD) on Thursday chimed in on the sensitive case of Agriculture Minister Nunzia De Girolamo, under fire following the publication of wiretaps of her conversations regarding appointments in the southern province of Benevento.

"We'll see what (Premier Enrico Letta) decides, it's up to him to decide the fate of the ministers," said Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi on Twitter of his fellow PD member. "The PD has asked her to explain her version of events before parliament. Nobody partakes in political processes in absentia". Letta's government has recently been hit by tension following repeated calls from Renzi to speed up action on institutional and economic reforms after his landslide victory in a party primary last month. Renzi's activism has unsettled the balance between the PD and its main coalition partner, De Girolamo's NCD, a group of pro-government centre-left moderates who split from loyalists of Silvio Berlusconi in November when it became clear that the ex-premier was intent on withdrawing his support for the executive.