Victory of the Pd secretary at the Siena 12 college remained without a deputy after the resignation of Pier Carlo Padoan, elected in 2018 for the Democratic Party and resigned in November 2020 to become president of the Unicredit bank
FROM THE ENROLLED TO SIENA. «I confess to you that six months ago I would never have imagined on this extraordinary day that I am passing through Siena and I am happy. I thank all the Italians. Extraordinary moment for the party, coalition and country that restarted democratic life after the pandemic. Great success for the Democratic Party and the center left ». These are the first words of Enrico Letta, commenting on the elections that see him return to Parliament, having won the supplementary rounds of the Siena college with 10 points.
«First important fact: we win because we privilege the internal unity of the Democratic Party and the center-left, in all the municipalities where the vote was taken. This victory strengthens the Draghi government and Italy. And Europe too. Draghi must be the happiest person ».
As for the Democratic Party, Letta says that “we are back in tune with the country, everywhere. Five years ago in the first round we had not achieved any victory. Today we win three metropolises. You win if the coalition expands beyond the Democratic Party. Here in Siena we have expanded. I mention two municipalities: Siena in Cortona, the largest, governed by the right. We won on the pitch, not on twitter and in the living rooms. I’m proud of it. We have regained possession of two words that we had lost in the last thirty years: safety and freedom with our position on the green pass ».
As for the national scenario, «the right is beatable, when I became secretary the victory of Salvini and Meloni seemed inevitable. The center-right no longer exists, not only for candidates, but because it no longer has a federator like Berlusconi ». The effect of abstention? “It affects everyone and it can’t be an alibi.” On the balance within the Democratic Party he jokes: “It seems to me that this result is vaguely positive for the Democratic Party.” Of the main ally he says: «The M5S is in better health where it is allied with us». The Sienese coalition, with M5S and Italia Viva together, “must be the model”. The gaze is on the 2013 elections, with the aim of “doing with Draghi what the SPD in Germany did with Merkel”.
A thought for Zingaretti, «with whom I share this success». And one for Salvini, «who has come here nine times, which makes the victory even more important. But I don’t get upset. I’m going back to Parliament with emotion, it will be a new beginning ».
Acquired the victory of Enrico Letta in the supplementary elections of the Siena 12 college, remained without a deputy after the resignation of Pier Carlo Padoan, elected in 2018 for the Democratic Party and resigned in November 2020 to become president of the Unicredit bank.
With all the sections scrutinized on 292, Letta is at 49.92%, ten points ahead of the center-right opponent, Tommaso Marrocchesi Marzi. Sources of the Democratic Party speak of “unbridgeable advantage”. Applause in the electoral committee of Letta in Siena, with the smiling secretary joined by the mayor of Florence Dario Nardella and the MEP Simona Bonafè.
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The college is made up of 35 cities, straddling the provinces of Siena and Arezzo. According to sources of the Democratic Party, Letta is ahead both in Siena city and in the two provinces. And it should also have won in cities governed by the center-right. The secretary of the Democratic Party had decided to run for office in July, declaring “If I lose in Siena, I leave.” In support of it, without party symbols, a broad coalition with M5S and Italia Viva. The center-right had nominated the wine entrepreneur Tommaso Marrocchesi Marzi, strongly supported by the League. The center-right has governed the Municipality of Siena since 2018 with the philolegist mayor Luigi De Mossi.