Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi is attempting a political comeback by launching a bid to recapture the leadership of the centre-left Democratic party (PD).
At a meeting in Turin he dismissed the recent defection of a group of leftwing dissidents ahead of contesting the party’s primary election on April 30th.
“Some are trying to destroy the Democratic Party: you can calm yourselves …. rest assured the party was there before and it will be there after us.”
Renzi was Italian prime minister for nearly three years until he resigned in December after losing a referendum on his flagship constitutional reforms. But far from leaving the political arena he is presenting himself as a barrier to the spread of populism.
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