Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018

Marini 'declines Bersani prod to pull out'


Rome, April 18 - Ex-Senate Speaker Franco Marini has
declined a suggestion from his Democratic Party (PD) leader Pier
Luigi Bersani to pull out of the race for Italian president
after he failed to win in the first ballot, sources close to the
PD said Thursday.
The PD leader, who is trying to quell a party rebellion
sparked by the candidacy of 80-year-old Marini, seen as a
representative of a discredited old guard, reportedly sounded
out the former Senator and ex-union leader after he did not
reach an expected three-thirds majority in the first vote.
Marini, who earned the nickname 'Marsican Wolf', a tough
symbol of his native Abruzzo highlands, for his tenacity in his
union days, was said to have responded that he was confident of
success in the fourth ballot Friday afternoon, when a simple
majority will suffice.
He was reportedly banking on the solid support of ex-premier
Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party, which helped
him to 521 votes in the first round of voting.
The majority required in the fourth ballot is 504.

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