Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Bersani says meeting Berlusconi to discuss next president

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Rome, April 9 - Centre-left leader Pier Luigi
Bersani confirmed on Tuesday that he will meet Silvio Berlusconi
later this week, but again ruled out forming a grand coalition
with the ex-premier's centre-right People of Freedom (PdL)
party.
However, Bersani, whose alliance came first in February's
general election but failed to win a working majority in the
Senate, stressed that talks will focus on the election of the
next Italian president.
Democratic Party (PD) chief Bersani's refusal to respond to
Berlusconi's calls for him to consider a pact with the PdL to
end the political deadlock has been criticised by many within
his own party.
And on Monday the current head of state, Giorgio
Napolitano, suggested the parties should have the "courage" to
reach an agreement for the good of a country that faces huge
economic challenges and is in the middle of its biggest
recession for 20 years.
But Bersani defended his position, saying the experience of
outgoing Premier Mario Monti's emergency technocrat
administration, which both the PD and the PdL supported in
parliament, showed a grand coalition would not work.
"I experienced a broad coalition in the final stages of the
Monti government," Bersani, who failed in his bid to win support
from the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement that holds the
balance of power in the Senate, told state broadcaster Rai.
"We hung in there and Berlusconi took off (and withdrew his
support) three month's before (the end of its term in December).
When I meet him, I'll say: I know you, you're in disguise. We've
already been there".
Bersani added that the talks with Berlusconi will regard
"the method to elect the president".
Napolitano's seven-year term ends mid May.

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