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Renzi calls for general election as soon as possible

'If it were up to me we would vote tomorrow' says Florence mayor

Renzi calls for general election as soon as possible

Trieste, April 10 - Matteo Renzi, Florence mayor and rising star in the center-left Democratic Party (PD), said Wednesday he hopes Italians hold another general election "as soon as possible" for a new government. "If it were up to me, we would return to elections tomorrow morning," Renzi said at a campaign rally in Trieste. A touted future leader of the PD, Renzi as of late has been highly critical of party leader Pier Luigi Bersani, who has consistently refused to form a grand coalition with ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi of the center-right People of Freedom (PdL) party in order to cobble together a government out of the various parties that won seats in February's divisive general election. Renzi has complained the parties - including his own - have been "wasting time" while Italy sinks ever deeper into the economic and social mire. He is apparently becoming more insistent that a new election be held if no agreement can be reached. The only alternative, he repeated Wednesday, would be a Bersani-Berlusconi pact reached "as fast as possible". "Every day that is lost is time lost for Italy," he added.

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