Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
ROME

President denies putting time limit on Letta government

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Rome, June 6 - The office of Italian President
Giorgio Napolitano on Thursday denied media reports he had set a
time limit on the coalition left-right government of Premier
Enrico Letta.
"People continue to believe the ridiculous rumor of a time
limit set by the president on the duration of the current
government," said a statement. "It would be an act of
fundamental correctness to recognize this falsehood rather than
continue with a controversy that is clearly unfounded".
Napolitano played a pivotal role in negotiating the
formation of the current government after inconclusive February
elections produced two months of parliamentary gridlock.
The newly elected premier has been charged with pushing
through a series of reforms that would prevent that type of
stalemate from happening again, though his task is fraught with
challenges as his government, composed of members from his own
center-left Democratic Party (PD) and three-time premier Silvio
Berlusconi's center-right People of Freedom (PdL) party, is
viewed as highly volatile.
Nevertheless Letta told viewers of La7 television late
Wednesday he fully intended to see his government through the
full five-year parliamentary term.
But he added that if he was incapable of enacting reform
within an anticipated 18-month time frame, "I will face the
consequences".

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