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Ex-premier Letta snubs vote on election reform

Civati also among 13 'protest' absences

12 March, 13:44
Ex-premier Letta snubs vote on election reform (see related) (ANSA) - Rome, March 12 - Ex-premier Enrico Letta was among 13 members of the center-left Democratic Party (PD) who were absent without receiving authorization from a House vote on an election-reform bill authored by PD chief and Premier Matteo Renzi. Joining Renzi in what was seen as a sign of protest was Pippo Civati, who represents a more left-leaning wing in the PD, and who ran against Renzi in last fall's PD primary.

Civati was one of the few PD members who openly defied Renzi in a party coup last month to unseat Letta from office and take his place.

The move opened the 39-year-old former mayor of Florence to accusations of hypocrisy after repeatedly insisting he would never seek the highest office without a general vote. Just before Renzi's reform bill passed Wednesday, the premier said he had been the target of an effort to derail his authority in the majority PD.

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