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Italian Prime Minister Letta resigns with push from Florence's mayor
Italian Prime Minister Letta resigns with push from Florence's mayor

ROME -- Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta on Thursday announced his resignation after surrendering to a leadership challenge from a party colleague who is widely expected to become Italy’s youngest-ever prime minister. The challenger, Matteo Renzi, 39, was overwhelmingly backed by the center-left Democratic Party after he demanded that a new government lead Italy out of a “quagmire.” For 10 months, Letta has led a shaky coalition government that has struggled largely without success to push through key reforms. Renzi, the popular mayor of Florence, who was recently appointed head of the Democrats, thanked Letta in a speech to party officials but pushed to take his...

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