Feb. 13 - Italy's Democratic Party leader calls on Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta to resign, criticizing his government's inability to pass major economic reforms. Gavino Garay reports.
Italian Prime Minster Enrico Letta is being asked to stand down. He's being blamed by the Democratic Party -- the latest in the ruling coalition -- for failing to pull Italy out of it's economic slump. He had come under fire for the slow pace of economic reforms in the country, after being appointed in April 2013 to lead the cross-party coalition. The Party overwhelmingly supported a call by its its 39-year-old center-left leader Matteo Renzi by a vote of 136 votes to 16. Democratic Party Politician Alfredo D'attorre: (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) DEMOCRATIC PARTY POLITICIAN ALFREDO D'ATTORRE, SAYING: "We consider the work of the Letta government to be at an end, even though we have positive things to say about the work that his government has carried out... But we will start this crisis motion and the procedure to start a new government." The vote came at the end of a leadership committee meeting, which Letta did not attend. He said he wanted his party to freely decide whether to continue supporting him or not. On Friday, Letta is expected to formally announce his intention to resign to Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. Napolitano is then expected to call on Renzi to form a new administration. But before any announcements are made, a considerable amount of internal political shuffling is likely to ensue.