Matteo Renzi already plotting return to power, Italian reports say

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From The Guardian:

“He has not even left yet, his resignation after a bruising defeat at the hands of the Italian electorate having been put on ice by the country’s president.

But Matteo Renzi is already plotting his return to the prime minister’s office, according to Italian media reports, and has signalled his desire for elections to be called as soon as February, despite his humiliating loss at the polls just days ago.

The path back to Palazzo Chigi after his formal resignation on Monday – which has been temporarily frozen by Sergio Mattarella until the senate passes a budget, perhaps as early as Wednesday – represents a big gamble for Renzi. But it is one he apparently believes is the only way to spare himself and his centre-left party from losing more ground to populist and rightwing forces.

Renzi’s desire for early – but not snap – elections was reported by a number of Italian media outlets on Tuesday and underscored by remarks from the interior minister, Angelino Alfano, a centre-right coalition partner.”

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