Letta vows to create ‘new party’ after being elected PD head

(ANSA) – ROME, MAR 15 – Ex-premier Enrico Letta has vowed to
revamp the Democratic Party (PD) after the assembly of the
centre-left group elected him its new leader on Sunday.
    “You don’ need a new leader, you need a new party,” Letta said
after being elected with 860 votes in favour, two against and
four abstentions.
    He said his priorities would be jobs and the plight of women and
young people.
    He talked about lowering the voting age to 16 and giving Italian
citizenship automatically to the children of migrants born in
Italy.
    He said he would try to “build a new centre left based on the
initiative and leadership of the PD.
    “I’ll talk to all those interested in dialogue,” he said.
    Letta had stepped back from frontline politics after
then-PD-leader Matteo Renzi brought down his broad coalition
government in 2014 in order to take over the helm of government
himself.
    Renzi has since split from the PD to form his own centrist
party, Italia Viva (IV). (ANSA).
   

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