Likely 2.9 million Italians voted in Sunday's PD primaries
Epifani says strong turnout a rebuke to claims of cynicism09 December, 17:09
He spoke at a news conference with winning candidate Matteo Renzi, who won about 70% of ballots to become new PD party secretary.
The strong turnout is a rebuke to the amount of cynicism around politics in Italy, he added.
"We do not have complete data but the final figure will be 2.9 million people, a figure of particular importance in times of disaffection and (attitudes of) anti-politics," said Epifani, who was immediately replaced by Renzi.