Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018

Vote shows Italians sick of 'politics as usual' says Bersani


Rome, February 26 - Center-left leader Pier Luigi
Bersani said Tuesday that election results in Italy showed
Italians rejected "politics as usual".
After failing to win a majority in the Senate, Bersani said
Italians had refused to accept "inefficient institutions and
politics that seem to have lost moral credibility".
His assessment came at a press conference where he conceded
that his coalition did not win the general election despite
topping the popular vote in both houses.
"It's clear that if you can't ensure governability you
can't say you've won," he said, adding that his party had to
take stock with "humility" of leaving a hung parliament.
"For us it is a matter of taking stock, with simplicity,
awareness and humility of the results of the elections,
repeating our willingness to be useful to the country," Bersani
"These elections have assigned us a greater responsibility:
we are the majority coalition in the Chamber (lower house) and
the largest coalition in the Senate".
He went on to reject centre-right leader Silvio
Berlusconi's offer to form a grand coalition after elections
produced a hung parliament.
Bersani rebuffed what he called "diplomatic dances" and
said the centre right "should have a rest".
But when asked about working with members of Beppe Grillo's
Five Star Movement (M5S), which made stunning advances at the
polls, Bersani was more open while remaining critical of its
anti-establishment platform.
"Up until now their message has been 'everyone out'. But
now they're in (government) as well. Either they get out as
well, or they say what they want to do for this country of
theirs and their children," said Bersani. "I am waiting for the
parliament to convene, later there will be the conditions to
The center-left leader added that the next House Speaker
should come from Grillo's Five Star Movement (M5S) after it
became the biggest party in the lower house.
The huge protest vote that swept M5S to top spot should be
recognised "according to the great democratic models," Bersani
But Bersani was critical of the Movement's self-proclaimed
ideology that its representatives will sit in parliament and
lend support to only those policies that they approve.
The PD leader said that government works on the basis of
parliamentary support overall, not on an issue-by-issue basis:
"This is our constitution. Whoever comes into parliament
has to deal with our constitution and take responsibility".
Despite his coalition's own disappointing performance after
a big lead in the polls, Bersani rejected suggestions he should
"I won't abandon ship," he said, adding that "the wheel
must turn" at a party congress later this year.

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