Sun May 12, 2013 3:30AM
Italy’s Democratic Party, one of the country’s main three parties, has endorsed the resignation of its leader Pier Luigi Bersani. The move and appointment of former unionist Gugliel-mo Epi-fani as caretaker leader have eased the high tensions within the party for a while.
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