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Bersani Given Mandate by Napolitano to Form Government in Italy

March 22, 2013

Italian Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani

Italian Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani will consult with other parties in the next few days to muster enough support to form a government that can survive the required confidence votes in both houses of Parliament. Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano today asked Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani to try to form a government, a month after inconclusive elections.

Bersani will consult with other parties in the next few days to muster enough support to form a government that can survive the required confidence votes in both houses of Parliament.

In the Feb. 24-25 election, Bersani won a majority in the lower house though he fell short in the Senate where both Beppe Grillo’s Five Star movement and former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s coalition won blocking minorities.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chiara Vasarri in rome at cvasarri@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jerrold Colten at jcolten@bloomberg.net


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