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Support swells for Bonino to be Italian president

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Rome, April 4 - Support appears to be swelling for
former European commissioner Emma Bonino to become Italy's first
woman president.
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano's seven-year term ends
on May 15 and parties are wrangling about a successor after
February's inconclusive general election.
But Bonino, a leading member of the small Radical party
that promotes economic and social liberalism and champions
human-rights issues, has won support from figures on both the
left and right of Italy's political spectrum.
"I'd very much like Emma Bonino to be president, I'd feel
protected by a woman like her, even though some of her positions
are distant from mine," former equal opportunities minister Mara
Carfagna, an MP for ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of
Freedom (PdL) party, told Sky television.
"It would be a great symbol of change".
Renato Brunetta, the PdL's House whip, subsequently
stressed that Carfagna was expressing her personal opinion, and
not the position of her party.
Another PdL MP, Michaela Biancofiore, said that "the
country is ready for a woman at the Quirinale (presidential
palace) and Emma Bonino's name is the most suitable", although
other members of the party disagreed.
But Bonino, who served as the European commissioner for
health and consumer protection from 1995 to 1999 after being
nominated by Berlusconi, also won backing from the centre left.
"I think that the time has come to elect a woman at the
Quirinale," said Alessia Mosca, an MP for the main centre-left
Democratic Party.
"Our country has lots of female figures who are more than
capable of being head of state. I'm thinking of Emma Bonino and
of other names that have been mentioned".
Bonino gained a good international international reputation
for her human rights work while she was European commissioner in
a role that also included overseeing the EC's department for
overseas aid and civil protection.

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