Mercoledì, 19 Settembre 2018

Epifani likely to be Democratic Party's caretaker leader


Rome, May 10 - Former trade unionist Guglielmo
Epifani is likely to be made the caretaker leader of the
Democratic Party (PD) at a national assembly on Saturday,
sources within the division-hit centre-left party said Friday.
The PD has been without a leader since Pier Luigi Bersani
quit as secretary last month after internal revolts sank two
candidates he had proposed to be Italian president.
The PD came first in February's general election but failed
to win a working majority in the Senate after Bersani conducted
a colourless campaign.
After Bersani stepped down, the party reluctantly entered
into a pact with its long-standing foe, ex-premier Silvio
Berlusconi's People of Freedom party.
This enabled Bersani's former deputy, Premier Enrico Letta,
to form an unprecedented left-right government and end two
months of deadlock.
Epifani, 63, is the former head of Italy's largest trade
union confederation, the left-wing CGIL.
The sources said an agreement was emerging among the
various factions within the PD that Epifani would be the man
best equipped to keep the party united until a permanent leader
is elected at a congress later this year.
He is expected to be officially named a candidate to lead
the party later on Friday.

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