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Renzi's PD joins Party of European Socialists

Request accepted with 'unanimous' vote - Stanishev

28 February, 17:10
Renzi's PD joins Party of European Socialists (ANSA) - Rome, February 28 - Italian Premier Matteo Renzi's centre-left Democratic Party (PD) has been admitted to the Party of European Socialists (PES).

The PD, the biggest party in the Italian parliament, had previously stayed out of the PES due to differences within its ranks, which include former communists and ex-supporters of the centrist Christian Democrat (DC) party that dominated the country's politics before collapsing in corruption scandals in the 1990s.

But Renzi, a product of one of the several small groups that emerged from the wreckage of the DC, made a request for the PD to join the PES soon after winning leadership of the party in December.

PES President Sergei Stanishev, the former prime minister of Bulgaria, told ANSA Friday that the party's executive had voted "unanimously" to accept the PD's request to join. He added that the PD would have "full voting rights" during the PES congress currently taking place in Rome.