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Letta urges new PD leader to focus on party

Echoes Epifani's jab at Florence Mayor Renzi

Letta urges new PD leader to focus on party

Rome, July 26 - Italian Premier Enrico Letta rallied his center-left Democratic Party (PD) Friday, calling for a unified front and a leader who focuses on the party above all else. "We need a secretary who does the role of a secretary and who works to prepare the party," said Letta at a party meeting. "If we're united, no one can beat us". Earlier Friday caretaker PD Secretary Guglielmo Epifani said the party will hold a congress to elect a new permanent leader by the end of November. Letta's remarks seemed to echo Epifani, who said the new PD leader should focus on the party and automatically not be its premier candidate the next time there are elections. PD rising star Matteo Renzi, who had led some internal grumblings about Letta's government, is considering running to be party leader, but wants the position to come with premier-candidate status.

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