Supporters welcome the leader of Italy’s far-right Northern League Matteo Salvini as he arrives in a suburb of Rome on March 3, 2016, to support a campaign for June's local elections in Rome. / AFP / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE
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Italy's main left and right-wing parties have succumbed to savage in-fighting ahead of municipal elections slated for June, with fierce divisions in both blocs pointing to a possible shake up in national politics.The PD held a primary vote last weekend to select its candidate, duly picking an ally of Renzi. But turnout was down almost 60 percent on the last such ballot in 2013, giving party dissidents ammunition against a prime minister they accuse of moving the PD into center-right territory.Renzi loyalists hit back, condemning D'Alema for saying he would not back the PD candidate in Rome.Any center-right glee over the PD bust up has been tempered by internal woes, with the largest party on the right – the anti-euro Northern League – in open rebellion against Berlusconi's choice for Rome mayor, Guido Bertolaso.
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