Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi resigned as head of the ruling Democratic Party (PD) on Sunday, opening the way for a leadership fight in which he will take on rivals threatening to split the center-left.
Battling for his political life, Renzi made clear he would seek re-election and warned that the PD’s internal feuding was proving a gift to its main opponent in parliament, the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement.
A decade after its foundation, the PD is on the cusp of a schism that risks bringing yet more political instability to the euro zone’s third-largest economy, which has been mauled by years of recession, high unemployment and towering debt.
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