PD dissenters object to ban on ex-mayors from running

PD majority to change primary rules after Bassolino candidacy

(see related)(ANSA) - Rome, November 23 - Leftwing dissenters within the ruling center-left Democratic Party (PD) on Monday objected to proposed new rules banning ex-mayors from running for the same post again. Top PD officials said the party is considering the new rule after the former two-time mayor of Naples, Antonio Bassolino, announced he would run in the mayoral PD primaries next spring.
    "Political problems should be dealt with politically, not by changing the rules," said ex-PD Lower House whip Roberto Speranza.
    "It's never a good idea to change the rules in virtue of the candidacy of one individual," said Gianni Cuperlo, who ran in the party primary that crowned Premier Matteo Renzi.


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