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Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi receives envelope with bullets

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Matteo Renzi, former Prime Minister of Italy

The former head of the Italian government Matteo Renzi received, this Wednesday, an envelope with two bullets inside, a threat immediately denounced by the entire political class.

The envelope was delivered directly to the Senate headquarters in Rome, of which Renzi is a member, according to the Italian agency AGI, citing parliamentary sources, apparently without any written message.

All parties, from the League (far right) to the 5 Star Movement (M5S, anti-system until it came to power), including Forza Italia (right) and the Democratic Party (center left), expressed their solidarity with the former prime minister (2014-2016).

“We will not be intimidated”, reacted Teresa Bellanova, deputy minister and colleague of Renzi in the Italia Viva party, in a message published on social networks.

Renzi, who unleashed a political crisis in January by breaking the coalition of then-head of government Giuseppe Conte, forced to resign, has lost popularity in Italy.

According to a survey conducted by Ipsos at the end of February for the Italian newspaper The Corriere della Sera, in a list of 12 political figures, the first place went to the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, with 40% of the favorable opinions and the last to Matteo Renzi with only 12% of favorable opinions.

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