ROME Feb 13 Italian centre-left leader Matteo
Renzi on Thursday piled pressure on Prime Minister Enrico Letta
to resign, telling his Democratic Party (PD) at a leadership
meeting that Italy needs a new government.
Renzi is widely expected to succeed Letta as prime minister
if the PD leadership approves his proposal at the end of the
Renzi called for "a new phase with a new government backed
by the same coalition forces."
Renzi thanked Letta, who is also a member of the PD, for his
service to the country and said snap elections were not the best
way forward for Italy.