Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Prodi may not heal PD divisions

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Rome, April 19 - The centre left's decision to make
two-time premier Romano Prodi the Democratic Party's (PD)
presidential candidate may not suffice to heal its internal
rifts.
Pier Luigi Bersani proposed former European Commission
president Prodi after the PD's first candidate, ex-Senate
Speaker Franco Marini, failed to prevail in the first
presidential ballot on Thursday because of an internal party
rift.
There are fears Prodi's bid could also be scuppered by PD
members not voting for him though.
Several lawmakers close to Marini are said to be upset at
him being dropped, ANSA sources said.
A number of parliamentarians loyal to former premier
Massimo D'Alema are irked too.
They are said to be unhappy that Bersani only presented
Prodi to the party as a possible alternative to Marini rather
than giving a shortlist of options, including D'Alema.
On a positive note for Bersani, Puglia Governor Nichi
Vendola, the leader of the leftwing SEL that was allied with the
PD in February's inconclusive general election, has reportedly
said he is willing to back Prodi.
In the first ballot, SEL voted for Constitutional lawyer
Stefano Rodota', the candidate of the anti-establishment 5-Star
Movement.

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