Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018

Bersani 'can't wait' to face Berlusconi in Italian elections


Tripoli, December 4 - Democratic Party (PD) leader
Pier Luigi Bersani said Tuesday that he is relishing the
prospect of taking on ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi in next
spring's national elections in Italy.
Bersani was chosen as the centre left's premier candidate
when he won a primary last weekend and he is favourite to
triumph at the elections with the PD enjoying a significant lead
in the polls.
Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party is
in a state of confusion as its premier candidate is still not
known just months before the vote.
The party was meant to hold a primary on December 16 but
this looks likely to be scrapped after Berlusconi said he was
considering coming out of political retirement and standing for
a fourth term as Italian premier.
"If that's the challenge, we'll take it on," Bersani told
reporters during a visit to Tripoli when asked about the
possibility Berlusconi will be his opponent.
"I can't wait".
A series of corruption scandals affecting top centre-right
politicians in Rome and Milan have contributed to the PdL,
which is the biggest party in parliament at the moment, dropping
to third in the opinion polls.
But the party has also been suffering from a vacuum of
leadership since Berlusconi stepped back from the front line.
The PdL has been overtaken in the polls by comedian Beppe
Grillo's anti-establishment Five Star Movement, which is against
the current party system and wants Italy to have a referendum on
whether to keep the euro as its currency.

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