Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018

Italy's Bersani says won't drop leftwingers for Monti


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Rome, January 24 - Centre-left leader Pier Luigi
Bersani on Thursday dismissed the possibility that he might drop
his alliance with the leftwing SEL party and form a coalition
with outgoing Premier Mario Monti if he fails to win a working
majority in parliament at next month's elections.
Bersani's alliance is in front in the opinion polls with
over a third of Italians expected to vote for it, but ex-premier
Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right coalition has been gaining
ground in recent weeks.
It is possible that Bersani, the chief of the main
centre-left Democratic Party, will win but not have enough votes
in the Senate to govern effectively.
This has led to speculation that Bersani could make a
post-election pact with Monti, who took the helm of an emergency
technocrat government in November 2011 and is standing for
office on a reform platform backed by several centrist parties.
But the SEL was fiercely opposed to Monti's unelected
government, unlike the PD which backed it, and both SEL leader
Nichi Vendola and the outgoing premier have said they would not
be in the same government together.
So Bersani moved to deflate speculation that SEL might be
"This possibility does not exist," Bersani said when asked
about the hypothesis he could replace Vendola, who is also the
governor of Puglia, with Monti.
This week Monti blasted Bersani for thinking he could form
a government capable of tackling Italy's economic challenges
with Vendola, saying the leftwinger was reluctant to accept
But Monti, whose alliance was third in polls released this
week, hinted he was open to making ties with the PD on Thursday.
The former European commissioner said at the World Economic
Forum in Davos that "the most difficult reforms that will have
to be undertaken will require broad coalitions".
He suggested he would be less happy to work with
Berlusconi's alliance, pointing out that the centre-right
presented resistance to anti-corruption legislation proposed by
his government.

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