Martedì, 18 Settembre 2018
ROME

Chaos-hit centre left asks Napolitano to remain president

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Rome, April 20 - The chaos-hit centre-left
Democratic Party (PD) on Saturday asked President Giorgio
Napolitano to stay on as head of state after internal rifts sank
the two previous candidates the party proposed.
PD leader Pier Luigi Bersani said that he would step down
from the helm of the biggest party in parliament after the
president election on Friday, when around 100 of the centre
left's so-called 'grand electors' failed to vote for ex-premier
Romano Prodi in the fourth presidential ballot.
Bersani presented Prodi's name in an attempt to regain PD
unity after many of its lawmakers and representatives of Italy's
regions did not vote for the previous candidate he had proposed,
former Senate Speaker Franco Marini.
Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party, which
voted for Marini but was staunchly against Prodi becoming
president, and outgoing Premier Mario Monti's Civic Choice party
also want Napolitano to agree to stay on to end the impasse.
Napolitano, 87, has repeatedly said he does not want to
serve another term.
His current seven-year term ends next month.
He is expected to respond to the appeal from the parties
before the sixth presidential ballot starts at around 3pm
Italian time

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