New Political Turmoil In Italy After Renzi Quits As Ruling Party Leader, Triggering Re-election Battle

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Two months after an unexpected, landslide loss in the December 4 constitutional referendum which cost him his job as Italy's prime minister, on Sunday Matteo Renzi quit as leader of Italy’s ruling party, in the process triggering a re-election fight against minority dissidents that threatens the stability of the center-left government, Bloomberg reports. Renzi told a national assembly of the ruling PD that he had handed in his resignation acknowledging he was set back by defeat in last year's referendum, one day after critics from leftist factions threaten to abandon the Democratic Party.

“Everything stems from the referendum,” Renzi told more than 600 party delegates. “I feel responsible for the defeat, there is a before and an after. That referendum was a blow for the whole country, starting with the economic system and we must now put the car back on the road.” Renzi denounced “blackmail by a minority” and infighting that he called “a gift” to the anti-establishment Five Star Movement. He is expected to stand for re-election at a congress in April or May.

As Bloomberg adds, concerns about a party split have pushed Italian bond yields higher and led to the widest spread between Italian and German 10-year bonds since February 2014. The selloff may accelerate as Renzi's resignation could benefit Five Star, which is neck-and-neck with the party in opinion polls and wants a referendum on Italian membership of the euro area. Renzi has faced challenges to his reformist strategy and leadership especially since losing the referendum, which prompted him to resign as premier and sponsor current Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, a Renzi loyalist and fellow PD member, as his successor.

Renzi, who has pushed for early national elections in June or September, made no such appeal on Sunday and instead urged his audience to support Gentiloni and his government.


“Basta (enough) with discussions and polemics on the government,” Renzi said. “I ask you to applaud Gentiloni and his government because it is unthinkable that the congress be turned into a congress on the government.”

Renzi’s critics have urged him to drop pleas for early elections and pledge support for Gentiloni to remain premier until the end of the parliamentary term in early 2018. They also want more time to prepare a congress and primaries, and a more leftist program.

Meanwhile, at a meeting of party dissidents on Saturday, critics of Renzi sang “Bandiera Rossa (Red Flag)”, an iconic song of the Italian labor movement. Enrico Rossi, president of the Tuscany region, called for “a party which is on the side of the workers” and derided Renzi for “trying to present himself as the Italian Macron." Dissidents also include Roberto Speranza, a former PD chief whip in the lower house, and Michele Emiliano, president of the southern Apulia region and a possible challenger for the PD leadership.

However, a breakaway could backfire on the dissidents in making early elections more likely as it could see some 20 members of the lower house, and about a dozen senators, leave the PD and weaken the coalition government, potentially leading to further political instability in Italy.

“The Gentiloni government is our government. We back it and will continue to back it until” Italian President Sergio Mattarella decides to call elections, Matteo Orfini, PD chairman, said on the eve of Sunday’s assembly. “A split would shrink parliamentary support for the government and put it at risk.”

“We’re walking on a tightrope,” Gentiloni confided to his ministers, newspaper La Repubblica reported on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the competition between the PD and Beppe Grillo's Five Star movement is neck and neck: an Ipsos opinion poll published in newspaper Corriere della Sera on Saturday found that Five Star would have 30.9% of the vote, against 30.1% for the PD, 13% for Forza Italia of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi and 12.8% for the anti-immigrant Northern League. Meanwhile, a breakaway faction from the PD would have limited support with only 4.3% of voters backing a new leftist party.

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Croesus's picture

Beppe Grillo will fix it!

Temple of Truth's picture

I doubt it... Matteo Salvini would, but he won't get enough votes.

ArgentoFisico's picture

Look for Claudio Borghi, he's the economic leader of Lega, Salvini just a face


Davidduke2000's picture

The globalists are running away from fear of execution. 

dude duderson's picture

ZH articles should all now start with" "Another thing that the markets will ignore has happened..."

Reaper's picture

The elite dinosaurs face extinction.

Stan522's picture

The Brexit attitude (Trumpism) will prevail in the European Union....

Mimir's picture

"Brexit attitude (Trumpism) will prevail in the European Union"

Nonsense ! 

70% of the Italian electorate laughs of the idea and by the way Beppe Grillo is not against the EU neither against the EURO, but want to reform both, devaluate the Euro by 20% (America First will just love it) and lighten the fical finacial regimes of the Eurozone.  Brexit is UK's problem.

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The more the so-called President, SPOTUS, expresses himself, if that is the right word, the more we laugh.

GreatUncle's picture

Dear me snowflake ... "not against the EU neither against the EURO, but want to reform both"

The big question how would you ever do that? A bit like please just moderate immigration down to reasonable levels so as to not destroy the existing natives. You cannot even present the argument to then debate, moderate and reform that's the joke.

NOT POSSIBLE TO REFORM - very simply the EU is not democratic, it has no moderation to allow reform that is the problem with the EU and why it is in such a mess. The commission is appointed not elected so the whole concept of moderation by the likes of Junkers, Merkel, etc. does not exist so it will never happen.

The one and only reason I voted BREXIT and would do so again and more are starting to realise what the EU represents in its current form. Now if you decided to make the commission elected from and by the MEP's voila you now have a moderated commission.


Stan522's picture

The EU will collapse and Italy will be Italy once again.. instead of a puppet state ruled by  Lib's out of Brussels....

DrData02's picture

#MIGA --- Make Italy Great Again!

forgottenozonehole's picture

Hope, it's last info about this leftist italian wanker....

bye, bye Mateo....

quadraspleen's picture

There's more to this than him losing the referendum I'd warrant...bit like the John Key resignation - off to spend more time with his family, no doubt *cough*

hohenzollern's picture

N'Dranghetta will do the interim.

Escapedgoat's picture

N'Dranghetta=Andragathimatta= Good Deeds (Especially in Battle)

Bam_Man's picture

I love that look on Renzi's face.

It's like they just told him "No wine will be served with lunch today".

yttirum's picture

"“I feel responsible for the defeat, there is a before and an after..."

 What a fucking pussy. Just dump your purse out all over the floor, why don't ya. Cucked ass mofo, this dude is.


Here's a call for the World Cleansing of The Cuckholded (WCTC). I'm open for something better with a better acronym.

wdg's picture

Time to construct a list of members of the Treason Lobby so that they can be indicted for high treason and, after due judicial process before a jury of we the people, hanged in the public square. I suggest that we start with government leaders, then central bankers, corporate owners, the propaganda MSM, heads of subversive think tanks and NGOs, the leaders of a network of intergovernmental organizations such as the UN, WB, BIS, WTA, IPCC, etc, etc. The list goes on and on but one must start somewhere. At the top of the list are Obama, the Clinton crime family, the Bush crime family, most of Congress, Federal Reserve charimen, Tony Blair, David Cameron, Hollande, Merkel, and the list goes on and on and on. Every western nation is full to the brim with TRAITORS and they need to be called out and exposed in a massive treason registry.  

Blazing in BC's picture

MIGA...too many liberacis in the kitchen, right mama?

Dull Care's picture

I wish Lega Nord had more power. It would be nice to see a real right wing party in Italy get power.

CRM114's picture

Your train late again?