Zingaretti formally hands in resignation

PD chair will take over until assembly Mar 13-14

(ANSA) - ROME, MAR 5 - Lazio Governor Nicola Zingaretti on FRiday formally handed in his resignation as centre-left Democratic Party (PD) leader to party chair Valentina Cuppi who will take over the day-to-day running of the party until its national assembly on March 13-14, the PD press office said.
    Zingaretti said earlier on Friday that he does not intend to reconsider his shock decision to quit.
    Zingaretti complained of an "unending stream" of criticism from within the party, which has many competing factions, as he announced his resignation on Thursday.
    "I'm ashamed that in the PD, which I lead, they've only been talking about posts and primaries for 20 days," he said. Many PD bigwigs have been calling on Zingaretti to reconsider the surprise decision.
    The PD's assembly must ratify the move on March 13-14 and there has been talk of it rejecting the resignation. But Zingaretti said Friday that a rejection of his resignation was not contemplated by the party rules, adding that "a reconsideration is not an issue and it will not happen". (ANSA).
   

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