Italy's Renzi Suffers First High-profile Defection From Party

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi suffered a high-profile defection from his ruling Democratic Party on Wednesday in a first concrete sign that growing internal dissent could lead to a breakaway group leaving the party. Giuseppe Civati, a former close Renzi ally, announced he was leaving the PD in disagreement with the prime minister who he said had moved the party to the right and was intolerant of internal debate. Civati, a lower house deputy, has been one of the most prominent of a growing group of PD dissidents who have distanced themselves from Renzi's recent moves to reform the labour market, the electoral system and the education system.



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