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Italy's centre-left PD to hold primaries for MP candidates

Party favourite to win upcoming elections

Italy's centre-left PD to hold primaries for MP candidates

Rome, December 12 - The centre-left Democratic Party (PD) said Wednesday that it will hold primaries to select its candidates to be members of parliament in the upcoming Italian general elections. The PD is favourite to win the elections, which look set to take place in mid-to-late February, as it leads in the polls, with around 30% of people surveyed saying they intend to vote for it. The party's strong current position in the polls was helped by the successful recent primary in which PD leader Pier Luigi Bersani was selected as the centre left's premier candidate. "If the elections take place on February 17, we'll hold the primaries on December 29-30," said Enrico Letta, the deputy leader of the PD. "On Monday the party executive will settle the details, but we have decided to call on millions of citizens, on the basis of the primary of November 25, to choose our parliamentarians. "We want to keep playing in attack because that's how you win the elections".

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