Italy’s Matteo Renzi to form new party after exiting Democratic Party

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The former prime minister of Italy has parted ways with the Democratic Party, saying it lacked vision for the future.

His decision could destabilize a coalition government between PD and the populist 5-Star Movement.

Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Tuesday announced his decision to leave the center-left Democratic Party (PD) to form his own centrist-leaning party in a move that could destabilize Rome’s new government. 

“After seven years of friendly fire I think we must take note that our values, our ideas, our dreams, cannot every day be the object of internal quarrels,” Renzi said in a Facebook post.

But Renzi said he plans to “build together with others a new house to do politics differently” just two weeks after PD joined forces with their political foes, the populist Five Star Movement (M5S).