The journey lasted seven years, from Dec. 20, 2009, the date of the first national assembly, until now. This weekend in Rome, the Sinistra, Ecologia e Libertà Party — Left, Ecology and Freedom, or SEL — was officially dissolved.
Nichi Vendola, president of the party in an honorary capacity, delivered the announcement at a hall near Termini train station. He said it wasn’t a “sad event,” even if the base has expressed discontent, because also this weekend they kicked off the process of founding a new party called Sinistra Italiana, or Italian Left. It already counts with eight senators and 31 representatives, and it will hold its first Congress from Feb. 17-19.
“It will be a moment of great emotion, even for me,” said Nicola Fratoianni, who ended his tenure as SEL national coordinator to join the leadership team of the Italian Left, together with the other members and Vendola himself, who preceded him as party leader. “I wish it were a beautiful moment, because SEL is an exciting story, with some errors, even some of my own, especially my own, given that I directed it, but also so many beautiful things.”