After the election defeat, the head of the Italian Social Democrats (PD – Partito Democratico), Enrico Letta, announced his resignation from the party leadership. Letta will lead the PD until the party congress in the spring. After that he will no longer run for the top post, he said at a press conference in Rome on Monday. Letta, who was prime minister between 2013 and 2014, has led the centre-left party since 2021. In the election, the PD came second with 19 percent, seven percentage points behind the Fratelli d’Italia.
The Social Democrats would do everything to ensure that Italy “remains on a pro-European course” despite a right-wing government, Letta promised. He also said: “The PD will not allow Italy to leave the heart of Europe and move away from European values.” The PD leader described the parliamentary elections as a “sad day for Italy and Europe”. Nevertheless: the Social Democrats are after all the second largest party in Italy and the largest opposition party, according to Letta.