Italy: Azione party withdraws from center-left electoral alliance

A setback for the left-wing camp in Italy a few weeks before the eagerly awaited parliamentary elections: The Azione party wants to leave the center-left electoral alliance formed just a few days ago before the polls at the end of September. “This was the most painful decision of my life,” party leader Carlo Calenda told state television station Rai Tre on Sunday. He justified the move by saying that the alliance included parties that voted against the government of incumbent Prime Minister Mario Draghi. His unity government broke up in July, which is why new elections are now due.

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