Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018
ROME

Democratic Party to ask Napolitano to name Bersani premier

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Rome, March 21 - The Democratic Party (PD) insisted
Thursday that it wants a "government of change" with centre-left
PD leader Pier Luigi Bersani as Italy's next premier.
Roberto Speranza, PD House leader, said that in meetings
with Italy's president his party's leadership would also
continue its refusal of any broad coalition involving ex-premier
Silvio Berlusconi and his center-right People of Freedom (PdL)
party.
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano continued meetings
Thursday with leaders of the three biggest parties in parliament
for the second day to hash out the formation of the country's
next government.
The first day of talks showed no signs of a breakthrough
that would end the nation's political gridlock.
The head of state met first with 5-Star Movement (M5S)
leader Beppe Grillo, whose anti-establishment group holds the
balance of power in parliament after capturing a huge protest
vote.
Napolitano later met with Berlusconi and his center-right
coalition, who said it supported a coalition government with the
PD but not if the PD claimed the premiership.
Bersani, whose alliance came first in the election but
failed to win a working majority in the Senate, has said he will
ask Napolitano to give him the mandate to form a new government
when he meets with him personally later Thursday.
Bersani has been trying to reach out to the M5S, even
though Grillo considers the PD part of a corrupt, malfunctioning
system.
Grillo said Thursday that the M5S would not support the
current makeup of the parliament and would only vote for bills
that fit with their platform.
In meetings with Napolitano, representatives from his party
said they wanted the premiership or control over two important
parliamentary commissions, one that oversees state broadcaster
RAI, the other, COPASIR, which oversees the secret service.

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