Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018

Centre and centre left polarize in Italian election


Rome, December 31 - Political leaders of Italy's
centre left and reformed centre coalitions threw down the
gauntlet over the weekend, defining each other as rivals seeking
a parliament majority in elections on February 24, and
polarizing two forces that had supported Premier Mario Monti's
technical government over the course of its one-year rule.
"To not set the goal of (winning a) majority means
accepting subordination," leader of the centrist UDC party Pier
Ferdinando Casini told the newspaper Il Messaggero in an
interview published on Monday.
"We will not be subordinate to the (centre-left) PD,"
Casini added, "We will not be a centre of convenience."
Mario Monti's policy agenda forms the centrepiece of the
reformed centrist coalition Casini represents, and serves as a
platform for rallying political support around a political
faction that, until now, has drawn meagre voter interest.
Meanwhile, the leader of the centre-left Democratic Party
(PD) Luigi Bersani openly challenged Mario Monti's agenda on
Sunday, a barb intended for Casini, with whom Bersani's
differences lately have mounted.
The PD was the largest opposition party before Monti took
over from Silvio Berlusconi in November 2011 and has been
favored to win the largest number of seats in the upcoming
elections given a dramatic erosion of support for the centre
"Now it is our turn to indicate the way. It is a
responsibility that we must take," Bersani said on Sunday in the
northern Italian city of Piacenza, where he is home celebrating
the holidays.
"I do not make controversies," Bersani continued, "I am
very respectful. I have an excellent rapport with Monti. Now he
has chosen to be a political player and so I pose political
questions. When one goes before the voters, clarity is needed."
Monti is promoting a political agenda in the current
election campaign, and has invited any party to embrace it.
Monti also made clear that he is open to becoming premier
once more should the parties supporting his agenda win an
elected majority.

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