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Florence Mayor Renzi Prepares To Shake Up Italian Centre-left

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December 06, 2013 AT 4:11 AM
Italy's center-left Democratic Party is expected to elect as its leader the charismatic mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, an outsider who promises both a chance of renewal and a threat to Prime Minister Enrico Letta's already fragile coalition. The 38-year-old Renzi is the overwhelming favorite to win Sunday's primary to appoint a new secretary to lead the largest party in Letta's government. But his suspicion of the old-style left, his undisguised ambition and his brusque dismissal of many on his own side has won him as many enemies as friends.