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Italy’s ruling centre-left Democratic party has set April 30 as the date for the leadership election pitting Matteo Renzi, the former prime minister, against two other challengers.

The PD said in a statement on Friday that the contest would be an open primary, allowing the participation of any Italian voter who declares to support the party and pays a €2 fee.

Mr Renzi, who resigned from office in December after losing a constitutional reform referendum, will be running against Andrea Orlando, the justice minister, and Michele Emiliano, the governor of Puglia.

Mr Emiliano has long been a left-wing critic of Mr Renzi, but Mr Orlando has supported his reformist policies in the last three years. Mr Orlando announced his candidacy this week, saying it was time for the PD to take a different course.

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