Renzi resigned from the post of leader of the ruling party of Italy

The former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi

Former Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi resigns from the post of Secretary of the Democratic party holding the majority in Parliament. He stated this during the National Assembly of the organization held in Rome, reports the newspaper Il sole 24 ore.

Among the reasons for this decision called the pressure on Renzi from the intra-party opposition. Its members threatened to split the movement because of disagreements on the question of the Congress party and the need for early national elections.

“The word “schism” makes me sick, even worse — blackmail. The work of the party should not end due to the dictatorship of the minority”, — commented on his action Rienzi.

Statutes of the Democrats provides the opportunity to choose a new Secretary at the ongoing Assembly. If this happens, political power will have to convene a national Convention, to be held within four months.

Matteo Renzi stepped down as Prime Minister of Italy on 5 December 2016, after the failed initiated by his government of a referendum on the declining role of Parliament and the powers of regional authorities. Against these innovations voted 59,11% of the voters.

The new Prime Minister was his party colleague and government Paolo Gentiloni, a former head of the Italian foreign Ministry.