Italy’s new president decries organised crime in first speech

February 3, 2015 11:34 AM

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ROME (Reuters) – President Sergio Mattarella called on Italian lawmakers to make fighting organised crime and corruption a priority, using his first speech as head of state to highlight two of the country’s most persistent economic and social scourges.

“Corruption has reached an unacceptable level,” said Mattarella, 73, who spoke after having taken his oath of office before a flag-festooned parliament.

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