Lunedì, 15 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Bersani signals openness to woman as Italian president

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Rome, April 9 - The head of Italy's Democratic
Party (PD), Pier Luigi Bersani, on Tuesday hinted that he was
open to the possibility of a woman being elected to succeed
outgoing President Giorgio Napolitano.
In comments made to the PD caucus in the Lower House of
parliament - where the PD obtained a majority following
February's inconclusive national elections - Bersani said that
in choosing a new president for the country, it was important to
"keep gender equality in mind".
Negotiations between the main parties over a list of names
to replace Napolitano, whose seven-year term ends in May, have
been deadlocked as the two largest parties in parliament -
Bersani's PD and the People of Freedom (PdL) party of ex-premier
Silvio Berlusconi - fail to reach an agreement on nominees.
In Italy, the president - a mostly ceremonial position, but
which has key constitutional powers, including appointing
governments and calling elections - is elected by parliament.
Among the names making the rounds as potential replacements
for Napolitano are those of former PD leader and ex-premier
Romano Prodi, as well as former European commissioner Emma
Bonino.
A leading member of the small Radical party that promotes
economic and social liberalism and champions human-rights
issues, Bonino has won support from figures on both the
left and right of Italy's political spectrum.
She gained a good international reputation for her human
rights work while she was European commissioner for health and
consumer protection from 1995 to 1999, a role that also included
overseeing the EC's department for overseas aid and civil
protection.

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