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ROME

D'Alema calls on PD to unite behind Marini

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Rome, April 18 - Former centre-left premier Massimo
D'Alema on Thursday called on the Democratic Party (PD) to unite
behind its candidate to be Italy's next president, ex-Senate
speaker Franco Marini.
While Marini has won the backing of Silvio Berlusconi's
People of Freedom (PdL) party, the PD itself is deeply divided
over the 80-year-old, who is seen by some as representing the
tired old guard of Italian politics.
Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi, the rising star of the PD,
said parliamentarians loyal to him will not vote for Marini in
the first ballot to elect President Giorgio Napolitano's
successor on Thursday.
At a meeting of PD lawmakers on Wednesday, 222 voted in
favour of backing Marini, who was proposed by centre-left leader
Pier Luigi Bersani, while 90 voted against and 30 abstained.
"The result of a tough debate was convergence around
Marini," D'Alema, who was also touted as one of the candidates
the PD might propose, said in a statement.
"This decision was discussed and approved by our
parliamentarians. A serious party must show it is such in the
validity of its choices and in its reliability. So it can only
act with coherence.
"I'm convinced that Marini would be a good president, above
all, because of his background as a trade unionists and a
politician who has always been close to ordinary people and the
world of work".

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