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Friuli win gives respite for crisis-hit centre-left PD


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Rome, April 23 - Italy's crisis-hit centre-left
Democratic Party (PD) has been given some respite from its
internal divisions by the victory of its candidate, Debora
Serracchiani, in elections in the north-eastern region of
Friuli-Venezia Giulia.
The PD is set to have a tense party meeting later on
Tuesday following Pier Luigi Bersani's decision to quit as
leader at the weekend after two candidates he proposed to become
Italian president were scuppered by internal rebellions.
The chaos is such that it is not yet clear who will
represent the PD, the biggest party in parliament after
February's inconclusive general election, at Tuesday's
consultations with re-elected President Giorgio Napolitano on
forming a new government.
Tuesday's party meeting is likely to discuss, among other
things, who will be the PD's caretaker leader until a congress
later this year elects a new secretary.
There are also likely to be some heated discussions and
calls for around 100 centre-left lawmakers and regional
representatives who failed to vote for Bersani's second
presidential candidate, ex-premier Romano Prodi, to come out in
the open.
New Friuli-Venezia Giulia Governor Serracchiani, 42, is
considered one of the PD's brightest upcoming figures. She has
been a Member of the European Parliament since 2009.
She defeated centre-right incumbent Renzo Tondo by the
narrowest of margins, winning 39.39% of the vote compared to
Tondo's 39%, after Monday's results showed an extremely low
turnout of just over 50%.
The candidate of the 5-Star Movement, Saverio Galluzzo, won
only 19.21%, 8.5% down in the vote the anti-establishment group
gained in the region in February's general election.

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