Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Bersani 'close to 50%' in centre-left primary poll

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Rome, November 23 - A poll Friday put centre-left
Democratic Party (PD) leader Pier Luigi Bersani within reach of
the 50% mark that would give him a straight win in Sunday's
centre-left primary elections.
Bersani, an ex-Communist party veteran and former minister,
was hovering between 43 and 47% for the SWG agency while his
main rival, upstart reformist Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi, was
credited with 29-33%.
Puglia governor Nichi Vendola was third with 16-20%.
Pundits think it likely Bersani will fall short of the 50%
mark on Sunday and go into a run-off against Renzi a week later,
where he would be boosted by Vendola's former support.
The PD is tipped to win next March's general election but
is not expected to have enough seats to form a government on its
own.
However, some pundits still see Bersani as Italy's most
likely next premier, if he succeeds in his declared aim of
reaching out to centre parties.
With Italy's much-criticised electoral law still needing
widely-demanded revision and the political scene in disarray
thanks to the rise of comedian Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment
Five Star Movement and scandal-sparked disillusion with
ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom party, many
pundits think current technocrat Premier Mario Monti may be
asked to stay on.
Monti has said he is open to serving again if there is a
stalemate that would put Italy's hard-recovered financial
credibility on the line.
The former economics professor and ex-European commissioner
has received backing for a second term from a range of Catholic
centrist groups.

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