Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
ROME

PD rep slams PdL call to 'rebalance' cabinet

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Rome, July 22 - The Lower House whip for the
centre-left Democratic Party (PD) slammed a demand by his
centre-right counterpart to "rebalance" the cabinet with more
ministers for Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom Party (PdL),
in a newspaper interview published on Monday.
PD Chamber chief Roberto Speranza called Brunetta's demand
a "fantasy" in an interview with daily Il Corriere della Sera.
"The PdL must demonstrate the ability to put the interests
of the country above those of their party and Silvio
Berlusconi," Speranza said.
Speranza said the PD was "giving its all for a government
that solves the problems of Italians".
"In this moment, we need less discussion about ministerial
seats," added Speranza.
In particular, the economy minister - a seat the PdL has
hankered for currently occupied by the PD's choice, the
economist Fabrizio Saccomanni - "can't be touched," said
Speranza.
"He is managing (the national budget) prudently in a phase
in which it is certainly not easy to make ends meet," Speranza
said.
Speranza also told the newspaper that Brunetta needs to
remember that any cabinet changes are for the PD premier to
choose.
"The premier's name is Enrico Letta, not Renato Brunetta,"
Speranza said.
In an interview with the newspaper L'Avvenire, Brunetta had
called for "rebalancing" the cabinet to better reflect last
February's parliamentary vote.
In the general elections, the centre-left "took only 0.3%
more than we did, but they have twice as many ministers,"
Brunetta complained.
The results of February's general election were
inconclusive, with the centre-left winning roughly 31% of the
vote, the centre-right garnering a litte over 30%, and the
anti-establishment 5-Star Movement winning about 25%.
A left-right coalition was formed in April to break the
stalemate.
The union has been volatile from the start, and tension has
mounted as the supreme Cassation Court convenes July 30 to hear
an appeal from Berlusconi over a fraud conviction over film
rights at his Mediaset media empire.
If the court does not overturn his five-year ban from
public office, Berlusconi's supporters have threatened to pull
the plug on the government.

(photo: Silvio Berlusconi)

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