Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018

Bersani meets political parties as he bids to form executive


Rome, March 26 - Centre-left leader Pier Luigi
Bersani was to meet with representatives of many of Italy's main
political parties on Tuesday as he bids to form a government
after February's general elections resulted in a hung
The Democratic Party (PD) chief, whose coalition won a
majority in the Lower House but failed to take enough votes to
clinch a working majority in the equally powerful Senate, was
due to meet with Angelino Alfano, secretary of ex-premier Silvio
Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party,
together with his coalition partner Roberto Maroni, leader of
the regionalist Northern League, mid-afternoon.
Bersani has repeatedly rejected calls from the PdL for it
to form a grand coalition government with it and on Monday he
also ruled out a proposal from Berlusconi for Alfano to be
deputy premier.
On Tuesday former industry minister Bersani was also due to
meet with representatives of the centrist Civic Choice led by
outgoing premier Premier Mario Monti.
Civic Choice is calling for a coalition government formed
by the greatest possible number of political parties to pass key
On Wednesday Bersani will meet with members of the
anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) led by former comedian
Beppe Grillo, which is key to obtaining the support of
Grillo has repeatedly ruled out backing a Bersani-led
government although since the election of the PD's candidate
Pietro Grasso as Senate Speaker with support from 'dissident'
M5S Senators, cracks in the movement's hard line have started to
Bersani is due to return to President Giorgio Napolitano on
Thursday to say whether his government proposal has sufficient
support to pass a confidence vote in parliament.

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