Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Bersani says no risk of centre-left PD splitting

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Rome, April 11 - Centre-left leader Pier Luigi
Bersani said Thursday that there was no danger of his Democratic
Party (PD) splitting because of internal divisions over his
handling of Italy's post-election political deadlock.
The PD's rising star, Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi, has
publicly criticised Bersani approach after the centre-left came
first in February's inconclusive general election but did not
win a working majority in the Senate.
Italy still has no government after Bersani failed to win
support for a post-election pact with the anti-establishment
5-Star Movement and ruled out forming a grand coalition with
ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom
(PdL) party.
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has asked a group of
10 'wise men' to try to break the deadlock by preparing a
government programme capable of winning cross-party support.
Renzi has said this means Italy is "wasting time" that
should be used to combat the country's economic ailments and
argued the PD should either open talks with Berlusconi or ask to
return to the polls.
The Florence mayor, who has been compared to a young Tony
Blair, also crossed swords with Bersani after not being chosen
among the representatives of Italy's regions set to join
lawmakers in voting for the next head of state.
Although tension is high, Bersani says his party will not
divide.
"We don't have problems of this type," Bersani told
reporters on Thursday when asked about a possible split.

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