Italy’s beleaguered Centre Left Democratic Party party is in turmoil after its leader Walter Veltroni stepped down.
Veltroni quit after yet another regional electoral defeat. His party has also been embroiled in corruption scandals as well as internal bickering over the direction of its policies. The seen here on the right will take over until the party holds its next conference later this year. Meanwhile Democrat bosses are left wondering why they’ve not picked up support as the economic crisis bites in Italy. The paradox is the people are not blaming the government run by Silvio Berlusconi, leaving the opposition facing a downward spiral. One man who could save the Democratic Party is Per Luigi Bersani. He’s a left winger, a man with an economic background and a former minister. Experts say he would be a good candidate to regroup the centre left. The Democratic Party have lost in recent polls across Italy the latest in Sardinia where Renato Soru lost out to a little known candidate Ugo Cappellacci. Cappellacci is seen here standing next to one man doing immense damage to the Democratic Party, Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. His popularity is soaring. Cappellacci was Berlusconi’s protege, so small wonder he won in Sardinia. Analysts say the Democratic Party has failed to capitalise on Italy’s worst recession since World WAr 2, while Berlusconi simply rides on, unscathed.