Renzi-De Benedetti on banks 'a scandal' (3)

'I'll fight this model with all my strength'

(ANSA) - Rome, January 10 - Anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio said Tuesday it was a "scandal" that then premier and centre-left Democratic Party (PD) leader Matteo Renzi phoned businessman Carlo De Benedetti in 2015 to let him know the government was set to pass a reform of 'popolari' cooperative banks so he could allegedly buy shares in them. "If that is the PD's model then I'll fight it with all my strength, " said Di Maio. He said the PD should not be voted in the March 4 general election and vowed to "send them packing".