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>> Italy's former Prime Minister setting himself up for a battle that could bring him back into power. But it's a long and winding path for Matteo Renzi starting with his resignation on Sunday as the leader of Italy's ruling Democrats. Renzi stepped down as Prime Minister two months ago after losing a referendum on constitutional reform, but he remained party chief.
In quitting from that job the Democrats now have to hold an internal election to fill the hole. Now he intends to seek reelection as party head. If he can do that and the Democrats then come out on top in upcoming national elections. It would make him prime minister again.
But it won't be easy. The Democrats are in a civil war right now, many threatening to break away from the party completely. They say Renzi and his supporters have strayed too far from their leftist roots. The dissidents want to boost welfare spending more and curb big business. Italy's been mauled by years of recession, debt, and high unemployment.
Renzi has called the dissidents blackmailers. Stating the split only empowers their main opposition, the Five Star Movement. Polls put them neck and neck. The Five Star Movement wants Italy to host another referendum on abandoning the euro.