Renzi wins party leadership with overwhelming primary majority

Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi regained control of his Democratic Party with an overwhelming 72% in the primaries.

Renzi resigned in December following the failure of his referendum to change the voting procedure in Italy, aimed at increasing the stability of Italy, a country which changes governments frequently and sees unstable coalitions.

Despite his win in the primaries, Renzi’s popularity has fallen following doubts over whether or not he can actually deliver on his ambitious reforms, with his two and a half year premiership marred by slow economic growth.

Following his announcement that he would seek the party leadership again, the left wing of his Democratic Party broke off, founding a new social democratic party that has brought down his numbers in the polls, and has helped to put the Five-Star Movement in first place.

Renzi has said he would seek early elections.

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