A Democratic Party's national assembly was held in Rome on Saturday to discuss the party's future after its narrow and pyrrhic victory in February's election and its failure to win a working majority in the Senate.
The party leader Pierluigi Bersani resigned about three weeks ago
when his efforts to elect a PD-backed Italian president to replace
Giorgio Napolitano failed.
Bersani's resignation and the left-right government formed with Silvio
Berlusconi's People of Liberty party exposed the depth of the gap
between the conservative and the progressive camps from one side and the top
officials and the base of the Democratic Party on the other side.
The factions within the Democratic Party agreed that former union
leader Guglielmo Epifani is the best man to keep the party united
until a permanent leader is elected at a gathering later this year.
The Democratic Party's assembly made Epifani its caretaker leader.
63-year old graduate philosopher and the leader of Europe's
biggest trade union CGIL from 2002 to 2010, Epifani was given the task of guiding the party until the next congress when the party will appoint its new secretary.
While the Democratic Party was discussing about its future in the
northern city of Brescia Berlusconi's People of Liberty party
organized a new demonstration in support of the scandal prone media tycoon and against the judicial system that they allege is persecuting him.
The demonstration was also attended by the deputy-prime minister and Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, a move that many deemed highly inappropriate.
Max Civili, PressTV, Rome