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De Girolamo resigns, premier expected to comment

'Stepping down for sake of my dignity' says outgoing minister

27 January, 10:33
De Girolamo resigns, premier expected to comment (ANSA) - Rome, January 27 - Italian Premier Enrico Letta was expected to comment Monday on the late-night resignation of Agriculture Minister Nunzia De Girolamo. The embattled cabinet member from the center right said late Sunday she was stepping down and accused the left-right government of not defending her amid allegations that she improperly interfered in appointments in a region of the south.

"I (resign) for the sake of my dignity," she said in a statement. "It was offended by those who know I didn't do anything and who should have explained as much because it was his moral and political duty". Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said Monday she was "surprised" by the resignation and "didn't see it coming". De Girolamo's resignation has fueled speculation of an upcoming government reshuffle, one that may put supporters of the center-left Democratic Party (PD) leader Matteo Renzi in the cabinet in order to reflect his overwhelming win at a primary last month.