Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Centre-left leader Bersani admits govt in danger

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Rome, December 6 - Democratic Party leader Pier
Luigi Bersani admitted Thursday that Premier Mario Monti's
administration risked collapsing after Silvio Berlusconi's
People of Freedom (PdL) party deserted a Senate confidence vote
for a government economic-development bill.
"We'll have to see if it is an abstention from one vote or
a political abstention," said Bersani, who will be the
centre-left's premier candidate at upcoming elections after
winning a primary last weekend.
"I'll get an outline of the situation with the whips and
this evening I'll know whether there is a majority or not".
There has been speculation the PdL, the biggest party in
parliament, could withdraw its support from the government to
provoke early elections in which Berlusconi would stand for a
fourth term as Italian premier.
The media magnate said he would retire from front-line
politics after being forced to resign from the helm of
government to make way for Monti's emergency administration last
year, when Italy's debt crisis threatened to spiral out of
control.
But the 76-year-old has changed his mind several times in
recent months over whether to return, with his centre-right PdL
party struggling in the opinion polls and ravaged by internal
divisions.
Berlusconi said he was "besieged by requests from the party
to announce as soon as possible my return to politics to guide
the PdL" after a meeting with PdL top brass on Wednesday.
Bersani said the actions of Berlusconi's party risked
destabilising the country, which was expected to go to the polls
in March.
"The PdL has transferred the confusion inside itself to
cause system confusion which is endangering the country's
reliability," he said.
The spread between 10-year Italian bonds and the German
benchmark, an important barometer of market confidence in
Italy's ability to weather the eurozone crisis, shot up after
the PdL announced it was deserting the Senate vote.
The spread edged up by one point to 311 after the opening
of business on Thursday but then soared to 327 following the
PdL's move.

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