Matteo Renzi disappoints in first speech before Italian parliament

By Kyle Johnson,

Italy's newest and youngest prime minister, Matteo Renzi, spoke before parliament on Monday and many, even his own allies felt the speech was a weak debut.

According to Financial Times, the speech was sparse of any actual details, but full of ambitious rhetoric. Renzi opted to use notes for his speech instead of the customary method and had to endure heckling which aimed to remind the 39-year-old he hadn't been elected to his new position.

The Democratic party leader spoke about "radical change" and growing the country so nothing would be dumped upon younger Italians, especially the country's growing debt. Renzi noted that the country should pick itself up economically and no longer bring "up the tail of Europe."

The speech was done ahead of a confidence vote to decide on Renzi's constitutional reforms, where a new single-chamber system would be implemented, reports The Associated Press.

Senate opposition leader Paola Taverna wasn't too impressed with the speech, noting the lack of details and how it lacked anything "concrete." Another senator, Andrea Olivero, noted Renzi was "opaque in explaining the methods."

Renzi was only sworn into office on Saturday and succeeded Enrico Letta.

image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

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