Two more SEL MPs quit, four total

Divisions over Renzi's income-tax law may risk party split

(see previous) (ANSA) - Rome, June 19 - Two more MPs of the Left Ecology Freedom (SEL) party of Puglia Governor Nichi Vendola resigned from the party on Thursday amid divisions over the government's income-tax law. Titti Di Salvo and Ileana Piazzoni were the latest to announce they were stepping down after Gennaro Migliore, SEL House whip, and Claudio Fava, deputy chairman of the House anti-mafia commission, did the same. Migliore said he quit because he wanted to vote in favor of Premier Matteo Renzi's income-tax decree giving low-income earners an 80-euro bonus, but the party line was to abstain.
    Vendola said he has no plans to step down as party leader and denied risks of a split in the party.


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