Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018

Letta warns emergency not over, expectations too high


Rome, April 30 - Premier Enrico Letta on Tuesday
tried to inject a dose of reality into what he said were
overblown expectations for his new government by saying that
Italy's emergency will not be over with the passage of the
second of two confidence votes it needs to take power.
''The emergency won't disappear because the House has given
its confidence and the Senate, as I hope, does today,'' Letta
told the Senate Tuesday ahead of a confidence vote there.
The new premier pointed to rosy media coverage of his
left-right government's appointment as setting the bar too high.
''I've realized there is a big problem - expectations are
frankly excessive,'' Letta said ahead of the Senate confidence
vote proceedings.
During his speech to the Senate, Letta reiterated that his
government will not last longer than 18 months unless it is
capable of passing several key reforms.
''I've talked about 18 months because I think the life of
the government should be linked to certain achievements,'' Letta
told the Senate ahead of the confidence vote.
One key achievement will be simply keeping together a
government alliance that is made up of the centre-right People
of Freedom (PdL) party, led by former premier Silvio Berlusconi,
together with members of former premier Mario Monti's Civic
Choice party and Letta's own centre-left Democratic Party (PD).
In a sign of just how difficult that will be, Berlusconi on
Tuesday reminded Letta that scrapping IMU, an unpopular
real-estate tax introduced by Monti, is a precondition for the
PdL's support of the Letta executive.
''We won't support a government that does not implement
these measures. We took up a commitment with the voters in the
election campaign and we want to maintain it'', Berlusconi said
ahead of the Senate confidence vote. Letta has so far said
he will suspend the June tranche of the payment but has declined
to promise scrapping the IMU altogether.
Once passage of the confidence vote is attained in the
Senate, Letta and his executive will have full power.
Letta is set to begin a series of encounters with European
leaders starting later Tuesday afternoon with a meeting with
German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.

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