Italy's Renzi strengthened as centrists defect to ruling party

February 6, 2015 2:17 PM

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Italy's Renzi strengthened as centrists defect to ruling party

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi got a political boost on Friday when eight members of a centrist party defected to join his ruling Democratic Party (PD), strengthening Renzi's fragile majority in the upper house Senate.

The defectors, including Education Minister Stefania Giannini, abandoned the Civic Choice movement which has steadily lost support since it was set up in 2013 by former Prime Minister Mario Monti.

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