Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
ROME

SEL 'will oppose left-right govt'

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Rome, April 22 - The key ally of the riven
centre-left Democratic Party (PD), Left Ecology and Freedom
(SEL), said Monday it would join the opposition if the PD teamed
up with centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi's People of
Freedom (PdL) party in a left-right administration to break
Italy's 55-day post-election stalemate.
The PD's coalition just beat the PdL's alliance in the
February elections but failed to gain a Senate majority, leading
to a deadlock as the third bloc, anti-establishment comedian
Beppe Grillo's 5-Star Movement, refused to work with either.
PD leader Pier Luigi Bersani, after failing to get M5S
support, adamantly ruled out a deal with the PdL because of
irreconcilable policy differences.
But Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, re-elected
Saturday after the PD came close to splitting when the failure
of two of Bersani's candidates exposed deep divisions and
prompted the PD leader to tender his resignation, is expected to
try to form a national-unity government of institutional figures
and PD and PdL politicians to tackle deep economic and social
problems.
It is expected to have a limited reform agenda including
changing an unpopular electoral law, cutting political costs,
turning the Senate into a regional body, and trying to create
jobs and lift Italy out of its worst recession in 20 years.
The PD's left wing may refuse to back this government amid
strong grass-root anger at leadership bungling and wider public
disaffection with a discredited political class.
It may split off to join SEL in opposition, the Italian
media say.
Vendola said Monday: "I will go into opposition with Italy,
with that country that vomits when politics is incapable of
emerging from its rituals, from its obscene liturgies".
Vendola said the PD should not agree to Napolitano's urging
to team up with Berlusconi, although he reiterated his personal
affection for the 87-year-old president, who is due to be sworn
in Monday afternoon.

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