Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Berlusconi's party blasts PD for choosing Prodi

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Rome, April 19 - Silvio Berlusconi's People of
Freedom (PdL) party on Friday blasted the centre-left Democratic
Party's decision to propose twice-premier Romano Prodi to be
Italy's next president.
The head of state represents national unity and usually a
figure capable of winning broad cross-party party support is
sought for the role.
Former European Commission president Prodi, however, is
seen as the nemesis of three-time premier Berlusconi after
defeating him at the helm of centre-left alliances in elections
in 1996 and 2006.
"Prodi is a option that divides us. This is the oppositive
of what Italy needs," said PdL Senator Maurizio Gasparri.
In the first ballot to elect the new head of state on
Thursday the PdL backed former Senate Speaker Franco Marini, who
had been proposed by the PD. But Marini he failed to prevail
after an internal PD revolt.
"The PD reached an agreement with us over Marini that it
could not honour, or did not want to honour," said Fabrizio
Cicchitto, the PdL's former House whip.
"It's clear that by choosing Prodi they've caused a rift".

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