Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Bersani says focus remains on forming a new government

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Rome, March 25 - Centre-left leader Pier Luigi
Bersani pledged Monday to focus his immediate attention on
finding ways to form a new Italian government, despite numerous
distractions.
Bersani, leader of the Democratic Party (PD), is trying to
form a government that can pass a confidence vote in parliament,
although he faces an uphill task after his alliance came first
in last month's general election yet failed to obtain a working
majority in parliament.
After meetings Monday with business and labour groups,
Bersani brushed aside suggestions of another possible technical
government appointed by the Italian president.
"All we need to discuss will be discussed in due course. Do
not mix things that are clearly different," he said.
The outlook for Italy's recession-plagued economy became
even darker Monday and the country's premiere stock market
plunged by 2.5% after a banking deal in Cyprus triggered fears
it could set a model for other troubled European states.
That led to speculation of another downgrade of Italian
debt by ratings agencies.
Bersani is also being undermined by his opponents in Silvo
Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom (PDL) party, which
Monday suggested the left would be wise to team up in forming a
new government.
Bersani rejected that offer, accusing Berlusconi of
hypocrisy.
"We are at the key moment and it's necessary to talk
seriously," Bersani said.
"You cannot declare war in the morning and then embrace in
the afternoon".
Bersani will hold crucial talks with other political
parties on Wednesday.
But media pundits have expressed pessimism over his chances
to successfully form a government and have predicted that
Italians will be forced to return to the polls.
Bersani must present his progress report to Italian
President Giorgio Napolitano on Thursday.

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