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Italian PM Letta to resign, opening way for Renzi

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Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta announced his resignation on Thursday after his own party voted against his leadership, with 39-year-old leftist Matteo Renzi now expected to replace him. 

Centre-left Democratic Party party leader Matteo Renzi (C) leaves the party's headquarters at the end of a party leaders meeting in Rome on February 13, 2014

Letta said he will submit his resignation to President Giorgio Napolitano on Friday after less than a year at the head of an uneasy left-right coalition and just as Italy is beginning to emerge from a painful recession.

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