Calabria that was not there: the dem Nicola Irto returns to the field, Dema falls apart

In a short time, a half revolution takes place in Calabria: the center-left, the Democratic Party in the lead, is compacted around the name of Nicola Irto, and unanimously indicates him as candidate and leader of the coalition while, in the same hours, the alliance civic around Luigi De Magistris falls apart, because his main ally, Carlo Tansi, leaves him in controversy with the methods and choices of the mayor of Naples. In short, the only immobile political data comes from the center-right: it does not yet know what to do with, as before.

In a matter of days, the political earthquake started by l’Espresso, with an interview in which Irto, a dem candidate for the autumn regional elections, announced his withdrawal from the competition, denouncing the correntizi mechanisms and the ambiguities that were crushing the possibility of building a winning coalition (but also the very survival of a party that it deems to be refounded), has turned the situation upside down in the only region that will go to the vote after the premature death of Jole Santelli.

It was Monday and since then the ambiguities, the plans B, the push and pull have been consumed (or perhaps just set aside). No voice, in the PD, has officially risen in dissent, in the various meetings of these days: all to praise Irto, the only chance, giving him the leadership. The only observation, during the various meetings, was raised by the commissioner of the Democratic Party in Cosenza Marco Miccoli who, despite running to the primaries in Rome, the city where the Democratic Party and the 5 stars are visible, defined an agreement with the grillini as essential. But in general, even the dem part obsessed with what Il Foglio calls “campolarghismo”, that is the agreement at all costs with the M5S and the left-left, has ended up silent. Shut up also the main architect of this tactic, Deputy Secretary Peppe Provenzano, heavily attacked in recent days by various parties, starting with MEP Pina Picierno (who now applauds the solution found, “a method that we hope will become the norm in the future”) .

Thus, at the end of the two days sent to mend in Calabria on behalf of Letta, Francesco Boccia, who has always had excellent relations with Giuseppe Conte, was able to say in a press conference that “Nicola Irto will be our candidate for president for the regional leaders and leaders of the center-left coalition ”. It is the result that came at the end of patient, separate meetings with the candidate, the Democratic Party, and with all the various segments of the coalition, from the Sardines to Article 1 (the only component that has not yet dissolved the reserve). It is yet to be understood how the negotiations with the Five Stars will end, which for now are hoping for a “high-profile and synthetic candidate”. It will be Irto, “as leader of the Calabrian Democratic Party” to negotiate with the dem secretary, at the table with Giuseppe Conte, who, with a post dedicated to the issue, opened the discussion on Calabria twenty-four hours ago on Facebook. We return to talk of primaries, which all say they are officially in favor: even if in fact the time to organize them seems to have expired.

Before the announcement, the panorama had been shaken by the news of the abandonment of Carlo Tansi, number two of the alliance with Luigi De Magistris. Cnr geologist, former head of the regional civil protection, Tansi had run as a civic candidate in the last regional ones, obtaining 8.4 percent and over one hundred thousand votes with the lists connected to his Calabria Treasury. Well, with a long note, Tansi explained all his disappointment for a character defined “a myth”, and whose project he had joined with “enthusiasm”, accusing him of “not having respected the agreements” and of having excluded him from practically everything, from the choice of candidates (the former mayor of Riace Mimmo Lucano in the sights) to “contacts with the Pd and M5S”. They are “unfounded grievances,” replied De Magistris.

Carlo Tansi

The news of the split within the Dema faction fell into the field of the center-left just as Boccia was busy with a meeting with the representatives of the Five Stars: fatality, it was the faction of the Grillini most in favor of an agreement with the former prosecutor, and who therefore found herself speechless, in the face of the announcement. The mayor of Naples is in fact undoubtedly weakened in this new scenario, in which suddenly he seems to have lost the advantage of acting as an attractive pole of the magnet. “They told us to do Neapolitan dramas, but the one between de Magistris and Tansi appears to be a soap opera”, commented the regional secretary of the dem, Stefano Graziano.

Indeed, it seems that centuries have passed since, just two days ago, drafts even landed in the Corriere della Sera had spoken of a Pd ready to nominate the historian and former parliamentarian Enzo Ciconte. This hypothesis is the result of a rearguard work that Enrico Letta – who they describe as furious about what happened – wanted to sweep away with decision, even beyond the official denials. This is proved by the words that Boccia dedicated to him at the press conference, speaking of him not as a possible candidate, but as “a great intellectual”: “I would like him to give us a hand, to help Irto along this path”.


Source: L'Espresso – News, inchieste e approfondimenti Espresso by espresso.repubblica.it.

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