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After rival ousts him, Italy's premier holds final cabinet meeting before resigning

ROME - Outgoing Premier Enrico Letta was hosting his final cabinet meeting after his party voted him out of office in a stunning power play to put Florence's dynamic young mayor at the helm of the Italian government. Letta planned to tender his resignation Friday to Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, who after a few days of consultations is expected to ask the head of Letta's Democratic Party, Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi, to try to form a government.

Italian PM Letta to resign after party withdraws support

By James Mackenzie ROME (Reuters) - Italian centre-left leader Matteo Renzi forced party rival Enrico Letta to resign as prime minister on Thursday after criticizing his government's failure to pass major reforms, opening the way for Italy's third administration in a year. Letta's decision to quit came after the Democratic Party (PD), the largest party in the ruling coalition, supported a call by its 39-year-old leader Renzi for a more ambitious government to pull Italy out of its economic slump.

Italian PM Letta to resign, Renzi poised to step in

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta will resign on Friday in a lightning political crisis and his 39-year-old leftist challenger Matteo Renzi is poised to win the nomination to replace him. Letta said Thursday he would submit his resignation to President Giorgio Napolitano following his final cabinet meeting after less than a year in power at the head of an uneasy grand coalition. The cabinet meeting is to start at 1030 GMT.

Italian PM Letta to resign, Renzi poised to step in

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta will resign on Friday in a lightning political crisis and his 39-year-old leftist challenger Matteo Renzi is poised to win the nomination to replace him. Letta said Thursday he would submit his resignation to President Giorgio Napolitano following his final cabinet meeting after less than a year in power at the head of an uneasy grand coalition. The cabinet meeting is to start at 1030 GMT.

Italian PM Letta to resign, opening way for Renzi

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta announced his resignation on Thursday after his own party voted against his leadership, with 39-year-old leftist Matteo Renzi now expected to replace him. Letta said he will submit his resignation to President Giorgio Napolitano on Friday after less than a year at the head of an uneasy left-right coalition and just as Italy is beginning to emerge from a painful recession.

Italy coalition partner says support for Renzi government not certain

ROME (Reuters) - The leader of a centre-right party in Italy's ruling coalition, Angelino Alfano, on Thursday gave cautious and conditional support for the prospect of a new government led by Democratic Party (PD) leader Matteo Renzi. Speaking minutes after Prime Minister Enrico Letta said he would tender his resignation on Friday, Alfano told reporters his New Centre Right party's backing would depend on the policies Renzi proposes, which must not be too far to the left.

Italy's Democratic Party backs Renzi's call for PM Letta to go

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's Democratic Party (PD) on Thursday supported a proposal by its leader Matteo Renzi that Prime Minister Enrico Letta should step down and a new government be formed to adopt radical economic reforms. The vote by the PD leadership in favour of Renzi's proposal came at the end of meeting of its leadership committee. Renzi's recommendation was passed overwhelmingly by 136 votes to 16.

A tumultuous year in Italian politics

The year since February 2013 elections has been a momentous one for Italian politics, with the sidelining of flamboyant billionaire tycoon Silvio Berlusconi and the rise of media-savvy centre-left leader Matteo Renzi. As Prime Minister Enrico Letta announced he will resign on Friday under pressure from his party and Renzi appeared ready to take over, here are the most important politics events over the past year:

Italian PM Letta resigns, opening way for Renzi

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta announced his resignation on Thursday after his own party voted for a change of government, with 39-year-old leftist Matteo Renzi now expected to replace him. Letta said he will submit his resignation to President Giorgio Napolitano on Friday after less than a year at the head of an uneasy left-right coalition and just as Italy is beginning to emerge from a painful recession.

A tumultuous year in Italian politics

The year since February 2013 elections has been a momentous one for Italian politics, with the sidelining of flamboyant billionaire tycoon Silvio Berlusconi and the rise of media-savvy centre-left leader Matteo Renzi. As Renzi on Thursday urged the formation of a new government to implement "profound change" and Prime Minister Enrico Letta appeared headed for resignation, here are the most important politics events of the year:
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