Italian economy minister accepts offer to stand as PD candidate: source

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Posted: Jan 08, 2018 6:46 AM

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan has accepted an offer from the center-left Democratic Party (PD) to stand as a candidate in the March 4 national election, a PD source said on Monday.

Padoan is a former economist at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) who joined the government in 2014. He has previously not been aligned with any political party and had indicated he would return to academia after the forthcoming ballot.

(Reporting by Massimiliano Di Giorgio; Writing by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Peter Graff)