Former Italian Premier Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese arrive to vote for the Democratic party's primary elections, in Florence, Italy, Sunday, April 30, 2017. (Maurizio Degl'Innocenti/ANSA via AP)
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Former prime minister Matteo Renzi was poised to win the leadership of Italy's ruling Democratic Party (PD) in a primary election Sunday, propelling him back to the forefront of the national political scene.Renzi, 42, resigned as prime minister in December after Italians overwhelmingly rejected a constitutional referendum aimed at streamlining Italy's parliamentary system.An internal vote conducted by the PD this month suggested a clear Renzi victory after he scored 66.7 percent, with 25.3 percent for Orlando and eight percent for Emiliano.When he first took over the leadership in December 2013, Renzi won the backing of close on 68 percent of 2.8 million voters.Renzi set the bar much lower -- at one million.
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