Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italy's centre left in shock, says no to new vote

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Rome, February 25 - Italy's centre left was left
reeling after failing to seal a working majority in parliament
in the country's general election on Monday.
The centre left was on course to win a majority in the
Lower House with almost all the votes counted.
It was also ahead in partial results for the Senate,
although some projections said ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's
centre-right alliance would be the biggest bloc there once all
the votes are counted.
Neither coalition was destined to have a working majority
in the Upper House though, no matter who comes first.
"The shock and the pain are in all of our souls," said
Laura Puppato, a parliamentary candidate for main centre-left
Democratic Party (PD) who unsuccessfully ran in the primaries to
head the whole coalition.
Enrico Letta, a PD bigwig, said that "the hypothesis of
another early election would not be the solution" to the
stalemate.
He also suggested that the centre left should be first in
line to form the country's next government.
"The coalition that wins the House has the duty to make the
first proposals to the head of state," he said.
Letta added that the election's inconclusive outcome
presented huge dangers for the eurozone's third largest economy,
which is in recession but has emerged from the financial crisis
it was in when outgoing premier Mario Monti took the helm of an
emergency technocrat government after Silvio Berlusconi was
forced to resign in November 2011.
"We are faced with a crisis that will be long, complex and
we'll have to go through it step by step," said Letta.
"If we don't take lots of steps all together, there's a
risk of falling and the future of Italy is at stake.
"Having a Senate with no majority is a situation at the
limit that has never been seen before in Italy".

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