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PD's Letta says he won't stick around, wants to make way for new generation

Outgoing leader says symbol should remain, calls for women whips

(ANSA) - ROME, OCT 6 - Outgoing Democratic Party (PD) leader Enrico Letta told a meeting of the centre-left group's directorate on Thursday that he will not stick around as he wants to make wave for a new generation to take the helm as soon as possible.
    Ex-premier Letta announced that he would stay in charge until the party holds a congress and elects a new leader after its disappointing showing in last month's general election, when it got around 19% of the vote.
    The centre-left alliance that the PD headed was soundly beaten by the right coalition spearheaded by Giorgia Meloni's Brothers of Italy (FdI) party.
    "I thank those who have asked me to undertake a long-term commitment (to be leader) but I think it would by a mistake for you and the party," Letta said.
    "I started my political activism when I was young and I was a minister in 1998.
    "It's right the our party fields a younger class of politicians capable of challenging the government of Giorgia Meloni, a young woman". (ANSA).
   

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