Rome, July 25 - The fight against extreme poverty is "a major priority," Italian Premier Enrico Letta said on Thursday during question time in the Senate. "Extreme poverty has no representation, does not vote, but is widespread and needs answers. Those who sit on these benches should be troubled by the step from unemployment to destitution. In our country there are untenable situations and dealing with these issues is the greatest priority," Letta said. In recession-ravaged Italy 9.563 million people, 15.8% of the population, are living in some form of poverty, Istat said on Wednesday. The national statistics agency said that, of these, 4.814 million (8% of the population), suffer absolute poverty, which means they cannot afford to buy essential goods and services for a dignified life.