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Focus on policy, not politics, Letta tells coalition parties

'We win or lose together' premier tells broad alliance

Focus on policy, not politics, Letta tells coalition parties

Rome, April 29 - Premier Enrico Letta told the parties supporting his broad coalition government to focus on what the job in hand and not their many differences on Monday. Letta of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) was sworn in as premier on Sunday after reaching a deal to end Italy's two-month post-election deadlock with Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom party (PdL) and the Civic Choice group of the previous premier, Mario Monti. It is an unprecedented, and many would argue unnatural, grand coalition and the government may be short-lived. "I'd like to highlight the difference between politics, as in a dialectic, and policies, as in concrete solutions to concrete problems," Letta told the House ahead of the first of two confidence votes for his executive. "If we concentrate on politics, the differences will immobilize us. If we concentrate on policies, we will do a service to the country by improving citizens' lives. "We win or we lose together".

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