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Financial Times urges Bersani to clarify party direction

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Rome, December 5 - The first task of newly
re-elected Democratic Party (PD) leader Pier Luigi Bersani must
be to clarify his party's direction, the Financial Times
newspaper said Wednesday.
The FT, an influential British newspaper, said Bersani
should be clear with voters on where he stands on reforms
already implemented by Premier Mario Monti and his technocrat
government.
Bersani's "first task is to clarify whether his government
will follow the path traced by Monti" in such areas as public
finance, pension and labour-market reforms, and public spending
cuts.
In an editorial following Bersani's victory Sunday in PD
primaries, the newspaper said clarity from Bersani - a
61-year-old former Communist - is also important for Italy's
credibility in the eyes of financial markets and investors.
Markets are said to be concerned by the PD's alliance with
the smaller leftist SEL party, although Bersani has already
signalled he will not deviate from Monti's adherence to
EU-mandated fiscal discipline.
Polls suggest that Bersani could become the country's next
premier in elections slated for February or March.
Bersani's PD party stands a good chance over former premier
Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party,
which is in a state of confusion as its candidate for premier is
still not known just months before the vote.
But the PD will also face competition from comedian Beppe
Grillo's anti-establishment Five Star Movement, which opposes
the current party system and wants Italy to have a referendum on
whether to keep the euro as its currency.

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