Centre-left Democratic Party party leader Matteo Renzi leaves the party's headquarters at the end of a party leaders meeting in Rome on February 13, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI)
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Ever since being elected to lead the party in December, the ambitious and media-savvy Renzi has accused Letta of dragging his feet on crucial political reforms and failing to do enough to combat rampant unemployment.Napolitano will now have to formally name a candidate to replace Letta, virtually certain to be Renzi, and a new cabinet could be in place by next week.The meeting also exposed divisions within the party with one dissenter against Renzi, Pippo Civati, likening the internal struggle between his party's leader and Letta to the 1980 horror film "The Shining".Tensions had been rising in the Democratic Party ever since Renzi won the party leadership in December.Letta supporters accuse Renzi of a "betrayal" that breaks a gentleman's agreement that Letta would be allowed to govern until after the conclusion of Italy's presidency of the European Union in 2014 .
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