Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta resigned on Fri. Feb. 15, 2014, after his own party voted for a change of government. This centre-left Democratic Party (PD) now has a new leader Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi.
The party supported a call by Renzi for a more ambitious government to pull Italy out of its economic downturn.
The party thanked Letta for his "positive work" but called for "a new phase with a new executive". "Italy cannot live in a situation of uncertainty and instability. We are at a crossroads," Renzi told the 140 member leadership committee.
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