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ROME

Berlusconi open to coalition government with PD

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Rome, March 21 - Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi said
he was open to forming a coalition government with the
center-left Democratic Party (PD) after exiting a
government-formation meeting with the Italian president on
Thursday.
"We are absolutely open to a coalition government that
intervenes with economic measures that are broadly shared," said
Berlusconi as he left talks with President Giorgio Napolitano.
Napolitano met earlier with Beppe Grillo, the leader of the
anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S), who announced after
talks that he would not support the current makeup of the
parliament but would instruct party members to vote only for
policies that suited its platform.
The M5S holds the balance of power in a logjammed
parliament after capturing a huge protest vote in inconclusive
elections last month.
Berlusconi said the M5S's unwillingness to compromise left
the responsibility to govern to his center-right coalition and
the PD.
PD head Pier Luigi Bersani, who has repeatedly ruled out an
agreement with Berlusconi, is scheduled to meet later in the day
with Napolitano.
Berlusconi also voiced his opposition to the possibility of
the center left claiming the still-unannounced premiership or
the presidency, which will become vacant when Napolitano steps
down at the end of his term in May.
"They already have the Speakers," said Berlusconi,
commenting on the fact that both Senate Speaker Pietro Grasso
and House Speaker Laura Boldrini hail from the center left.

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