Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italian parliament to meet Thursday on presidential election

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Rome, April 15 - Italian House Speaker Laura
Boldrini on Monday convened parliament and representatives of
the nation's regional governments to meet on Thursday, April 18,
to start electing a new president of Italy.
The widely expected move comes as Italy's outgoing head of
state, Giorgio Napolitano, nears the end of his seven-year term
as the main custodian of Italy's Constitution.
Napolitano was elected to his non-executive post on May 15,
2006.
It is still unclear who his replacement is likely to be as
Italy struggles with a hung parliament.
Italy has been in a state of political deadlock since
February's inconclusive general election, in which the centre
left finished ahead of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's
centre-right coalition, but did not win a working majority.
Berlusconi has said he might be willing to consider backing
a presidential candidate from the centre-left Democratic Party
(PD) if it drops its refusal to form a broad government
coalition with his People of Freedom (PdL) party.
Centre-left coalition leader and PD head Pier Luigi Bersani
has so far rejected the PdL's calls to form a grand coalition,
even though Bersani has failed to win support from the
anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S), which holds the
balance of power in parliament.
Beppe Grillo's M5S has shortlisted nine presidential
candidates, including former centre-left premier Romano Prodi,
former European commissioner Emma Bonino and Nobel Literature
Laureate Dario Fo, who has already said he does not want to be
head of state.
Romano Prodi is also popular with the centre-left, but
Berlusconi has vowed to scupper Prodi's prospects.

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