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Bersani calls on PD to rediscover unity, hails Prodi


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Rome, April 19 - Centre-left leader Pier Luigi
Bersani on Friday called on the Democratic Party (PD) to
rediscover its unity after voting unanimously to make twice
premier Romano Prodi its candidate to be president.
The party's first candidate to be the next head of state,
former Senate Speaker Franco Marini, failed to win the
two-thirds majority needed in the first ballot on Thursday after
a internal PD rebellion.
Many saw 80-year-old Marini, a member of the Catholic wing
of the party, to be representative of Italy's discredited old
political class.
Others in the party were unhappy at the "method" used to
select Marini.
Bersani consulted centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi
before proposing him and some suggested there had been a "shady
deal" which saw the ex-premier's People of Freedom (PdL) backing
"Now we have to regain the profile, unity and autonomy of
our party and our coalition," Bersani told a meeting of the PD
Upper and Lower House lawmakers and regional representatives who
are taking part in the election of the next head of state.
Bersani also hailed former European Commission President
Prodi, who is seen as the nemesis of three-time premier
Berlusconi after defeating him in Italian general elections in
1996 and 2006.
"Prodi gives value to our coalition and he speaks to our
nation," said Bersani.

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