Martedì, 18 Settembre 2018
ROME

Napolitano consults parties, Amato favourite to be premier

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Rome, April 23 - Re-elected President Giorgio
Napolitano is holding a round of swift talks with Italy's
parties on Tuesday on forming a government to end two months of
deadlock after berating the nation's political class in his
second swearing-in ceremony on Monday.
The head of state reluctantly agreed to serve a second
term on Saturday after the parties, especially the divided
centre-left Democratic Party (PD), failed to agree on a
candidate to succeed the 87-year-old.
He stepped in as the situation threatened to further
complicate the impasse the country has endured since February's
inconclusive general election, as problems pile up for the
recession-ravaged nation.
Napolitano said the parties had behaved irresponsibly and
has threatened to quit if they refuse to form a coalition to
pass measures in a programme he recently asked a group of
experts, dubbed the 10 wise men, to prepare.
"If I find myself once again facing the kind of deafness I
ran into in the past, I will not hesitate to draw the
consequences," Napolitano said.
Napolitano is expected to give someone a mandate to form on
government on Wednesday.
The person favourite to be asked is Giuliano Amato, a
senior PD member who had two short stints as premier between
1992 and 1993 and 2000 and 2001.
The centre-left led by Pier Luigi Bersani came first in
February's vote but did not gain a working majority in the
Senate.
It ruled out forming a grand coalition with ex-premier
Silvio Berlusconi People of Freedom (PdL) party but failed in a
bid to reach out to the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement
(M5S), which won about a quarter of the vote, leaving the
country in a situation of gridlock.
Bersani quit as PD chief at the weekend after two
candidates he proposed to become head of state were scuppered by
rebellions within the party.
The PD is now expected to support a so-called 'government
of the president', which would also be backed by the PdL,
outgoing Premier Mario Monti's Civic Choice party and possibly
the Northern League, with a limited mandate to pass some key
reforms, including a new electoral law.
This administration is set to include institutional figures
as well as PD and PdL politicians, unlike Monti's emergency
government of unelected technocrats.
The League is in favour of being part of a broad coalition
but does not want it to be led by Amato, who is also looked upon
negatively by some parts of his own party, the PD.
The M5S has said it is against this sort of government and
so is the left-wing SEL party, which was allied with the PD in
February's election.

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