On Sunday, former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Leta was elected to the post of Secretary General of the Democratic Party (center-left), the second party in the ruling coalition.
Lita succeeds Nicholas Zingaretti, who has justified his sudden resignation recently, with his fatigue with internal squabbles.
Lita, who was the only candidate and was elected almost unanimously by his party, promised to fight for the youth and women in a long speech he gave on the occasion of his inauguration.
He expressed his intention to wage a “battle to legalize voting from the age of 16” with the aim of increasing the weight of youth in society.
He said, “The mere fact that I am here instead of a woman secretary general indicates that there is an equality problem in Italy,” pledging to make this issue a fundamental topic.
Lita also intends to discuss the concept of “land right”, which would grant Italian citizenship to those born on Italian soil of foreign parents.
He denounced the political instability in his country, which has witnessed seven governments in seven years, with six prime ministers emanating from different majorities, saying that the parliamentarians’ frequent change of their camp reflects a “sick democracy.”