ROME Feb 3 Former Italian prime minister Matteo
Renzi signalled willingness on Friday to shelve a drive for
early elections that is tearing apart his Democratic Party (PD)
as it faces a strong challenge from eurosceptic populists.
Renzi, who resigned after his proposal to change the
constitution was rejected in a referendum last year, has been
pushing for a vote by June, around a year ahead of schedule.
But threats by left-wing PD rivals to split the party if he
forces elections are jeopardising his return to power, and Renzi
said he did not want to be seen as seeking a "re-match" after
the referendum defeat.
(Reporting by Isla Binnie; editing by Mark Heinrich)