PES congratulates Matteo Renzi and Partito Democratico
The Party of European Socialists warmly congratulates Partito Democratico (Democratic Party) of Italy on the successful primary elections to choose its party leader.
Some 2 million people voted in the primary process, which led to the election of Matteo Renzi with 70% of the vote.
PES president Sergei Stanishev said:
"On behalf of Europe's socialists and democrats, I congratulate PD for the bold and successful democratic primary process and Mr Renzi on his re-election as a result.
"Our family needs both engaged activists and energetic, determined leaders to write a new progressive page in the history of Europe."