Italy's Prime Minister Enrico Letta gestures as he leaves his house in downtown Rome February 14, 2014. REUTERS/Remo Casilli
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Premier Enrico Letta drove himself to the Italian president's palace and resigned Friday after he was sacked by his own party in a back-room mutiny designed to catapult Florence's young mayor into the helm of Italy's government.Letta is the third premier to fall from grace in as many years amid Italy's turbulent politics and economic crisis.Napolitano had tapped Letta in April, hoping he could lead long enough to enact sorely needed electoral reforms meant to make Italy more governable.Renzi's maneuver against Letta was stunning even by Italian standards, since he had long insisted that he would only go for the premiership via an election.
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