Trieste, April 10 - Matteo Renzi, Florence mayor and rising star in the Democratic Party (PD), took a shot at the center-left leadership on Wednesday after not being named among the group to elect Italy's next president. "It would have been a pleasure to represent my region. I was told I could count on the votes, but then some phone calls were made from Rome..." said Renzi, suggesting PD head Pier Luigi Bersani had influenced the outcome. According to Italian law, every region must elect three people who will vote along with MPs for the next Italian president on April 18. Tuscan councilmen from the PD, which is the majority party in the region, voted 12-10 in favor of assembly speaker Alberto Monaci over Renzi to be one of the region's three electors. Bersani was quick to deny having a hand in the decision. "I deny having decided, influenced or even thought about this choice that is strictly reserved to the regional council of Tuscany," he said.
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