Pier Luigi Bersani, the leader of Italy’s dissident leftist party, has opened the door to a pact with the ruling Democrats, saying, “If they want to talk to us, they must know that they should come with proposals.”
Bersani’s nemesis, Matteo Renzi, who toppled the older man in 2013, called for left-wing unity on Monday.
Italy’s left-wing leader, Pier Luigi Bersani, is stepping down after lawmakers from his own party voted down the men he had nominated for the presidency.
Bersani, who won a majority for his party in the lower chamber of parliament in February’s election but not in the Senate, where conservatives occupy nearly as many seats, did get right-wing support for his first presidential candidate, the former Senate speaker Franco Marini, but fell short of the required two-thirds majority when some of his own members joined the anti-establishment Five Star Movement in backing leftist Stefano Rodotà instead.
Florence mayor Matteo Renzi has questioned his party’s leader Pier Luigi Bersani’s attempts to form a government in Italy less than a month after the left failed to secure a majority in both houses of parliament.
Bersani’s Democratic Party won a majority of the seats in the lower chamber of parliament in February but not in the Senate, where former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s right-wing alliance claimed nearly as many seats.
Italy’s left-wing leader, Pier Luigi Bersani, has issued an ultimatum to Beppe Grillo, whose anti-establishment Five Star Movement prevented the Southern European country’s largest left- and right-wing parties from winning an absolute majority in parliament last month.
In an interview on RAI state television, Bersani, a former industry and economic development minister who was the left’s prime ministerial candidate in February’s election, reiterated his opposition to either forming a “grand coalition” with former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s right-wing party or propping up another technocrat government like the one led by outgoing premier Mario Monti.
Bersani’s Democrats commands a majority of the seats in the lower chamber of parliament but not the Senate, where Berlusconi holds almost as many seats.
Italy’s left-wing leader, Pier Luigi Bersani, has said he is willing to put forward a political program without looking to form a fixed alliance in an attempt to court Beppe Grillo’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement.
Italy’s left-wing leader, Pier Luigi Bersani, has dismissed the possibility of breaking his alliance with smaller Green and socialist parties in favor of a centrist coalition that includes the supporters of incumbent prime minister Mario Monti.
Bersani, whose Democratic Party is expected to win a plurality of the seats in February’s election, said, “This possibility does not exist,” when asked about sacrificing Sinistra Ecologia Libertà, formerly a coalition of far-left parties, in favor of a coalition with Monti’s supporters.
Party secretary Pier Luigi Bersani has been nominated as the Italian left’s prime ministerial candidate. His challenger, Florence mayor Matteo Renzi, got just 40 percent of the votes.
Bersani, a former communist who served as minister for economic development in the country’s last left-wing government, emerged as the frontrunner from last week’s first voting round, despite a study showing Renzi to be the more viable general election candidate.
Bersani is popular on the left, but only 35 percent of Italian voters support him compared to 44 percent for Renzi.