Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROME

PD MP urges leaders to find new unifying candidate

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Rome, April 18 - A leading Democratic Party (PD) MP
called Thursday for a new presidential candidate who can unify
the party membership.
Simona Bonafe said leader Pier Luigi Bersani must quickly
find a candidate that - unlike his previous choice, who failed
Thursday amid controversy - can muster support from all the
centre-left party's squabbling factions.
"I hope he finds a figure that will bring together the
Democratic Party," said Bonafe, a supporter of Bersani's
increasingly vocal critic Matteo Renzi, the mayor of Florence
who consistently polls higher than Bersani both as a possible PD
leader and a potential premier.
He spoke after Bersani's candidate for president, Franco
Marini, failed to win the two-thirds majority needed in the
first round of voting earlier in the day.
Marini failed even though he had the support of ex-premier
Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party
as well as some PD members.
However, many others in the centre-left PD were alienated
by Bersani's choice, made in cooperation with Berlusconi, and
instead have gravitated towards constitutional lawyer Stefano
Rodota', an ex-Communist Constitutional lawyer.
In the meantime, the PD told its parliamentarians and
representatives from Italy's regional governments to cast a
blank ballot in the second round of voting Thursday evening.
At the same time Renzi - a rising star in the party - was
set to meet Bersani and other PD leaders to discuss the party's
next candidate.

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