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Italy's premier at palace to resign after sacking

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 14, 2014 at 7:46 a.m.

ROME — Premier Enrico Letta drove himself to the Italian president's palace to resign Friday after he was sacked by his own party in a back-room mutiny meant to catapult the dynamic young mayor of Florence to the helm of the Italian government.

In a tweet Friday, Letta said he was resigning and thanked "all those who have helped me."

It was a contrite goodbye after 10 months of leadership of a fragile, bipartisan government formed after inconclusive February 2013 elections yielded no clear winner with a big enough majority to govern.

President Giorgio Napolitano is widely expected to accept Letta's resignation and, after a weekend of consultations with political leaders, ask the head of Letta's Democratic Party, Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi, to try to form a government.

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