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ROME

Bersani rejects Monti ultimatum, won't drop left-wing SEL

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Rome, February 6 - Centre-left leader Pier Luigi
Bersani on Wednesday rejected an ultimatum from outgoing Premier
Mario Monti to drop his alliance with the left-wing SEL group.
Bersani and Monti, who is standing on a reform platform
backed by centrist parties, made overtures to each other on
Tuesday, with political pundits saying Bersani is likely to win
the February 24-25 election but may not have a working majority
in parliament.
But on Wednesday former European commissioner Monti
suggested Bersani's party, the Democratic Party, would have to
dump SEL to be able to enter a post-election pact with him.
"I imagine that if Bersani is interested in cooperating
with the forces that I represent, as he said he is, he will have
to make choices inside his pole," said Monti, who took over the
helm of an emergency administration of unelected technocrats in
November 2011.
Bersani, who has seen the centre left's once big lead in
the polls whittled down to around 4-5% in recent weeks by
ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's centre right, responded that this
was out of the question.
"My alliance is my alliance and no one touches it," Bersani
said.
Bersani also came under pressure from the opposite
direction on Wednesday when SEL leader Nichi Vendola warned him
not to consider allying with Monti.
Vendola, who is also the governor of Puglia, told Bersani
that he and Monti were "incompatible".
"I hope Bersani does not want to take the responsibility of
breaking the centre-left alliance," added Vendola, whose party
was staunchly opposed to Monti's emergency technocrat government
unlike Bersani's Democratic Party, which supported it.
"A vote for the SEL is an insurance policy for centre-left
supporters. It's a guarantee that there won't be the heavy
influence of Monti".

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