Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
ROME

Bersani says PD averted 'grave crisis'

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Rome, April 23 - Pier Luigi Bersani, the outgoing
leader of the Democratic Party (PD), on Tuesday said the party
had been on the edge of a "very grave crisis" as repeated
efforts to elect a PD-backed president to replace Giorgio
Napolitano late last week faltered.
Napolitano, 87, was eventually re-elected after five rounds
of voting by Italy's parliament which saw splits emerge in the
PD itself, leading to Bersani's resignation as party chief.
"I announced my resignation after PD nominees (former
Senate Speaker) Franco Marini and (former centre-left premier)
Romano Prodi were rejected" by party rebels, Bersani said.
Bersani also accused "many" of the party's electors who he
said didn't keep their promises to participate in "formal and
collective decisions in a crucial moment".
"We were on the edge of an extremely grave crisis without
precedent," the outgoing PD leader said.
In an effort to dispel fears that the PD was rudderless,
Bersani said: "the party is not in a state of abandon, the
leadership is working, as are the parliamentary groups, the vice
secretary and the treasurer - all in the fullness of their
powers".

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