Italy's new president decries organized crime in first speech

February 3, 2015 12:20 PM

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Italy's new president decries organized crime in first speech

ROME (Reuters) - President Sergio Mattarella called on Italian lawmakers to make fighting organized 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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