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Apr 18, 2013

Italy parliament fails to elect state president

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s parliament failed to elect a new state president in its first vote on Thursday, with divisions in the center-left alliance torpedoing a quick victory for its official candidate Franco Marini.

Marini, a former Senate speaker, won just over 520 votes, well below the required two thirds majority or 672 of the 1007 members of both houses of parliament and regional representatives in the presidential poll.

Apr 18, 2013

Vote on Italy president risks deep centre-left split

ROME, April 18 (Reuters) – Italy’s divided parliament began
voting for a new state president on Thursday, with the
centre-left alliance led by Pier Luigi Bersani deeply split over
the choice of former Senate speaker Franco Marini as their
candidate.

Bersani nominated Marini, a prominent Catholic and former
head of the moderate CISL union, in order to forge a broad
accord on the presidency with centre-right leader Silvio
Berlusconi and the small centrist grouping of caretaker Prime
Minister Mario Monti.

Apr 17, 2013

Vote on Italy president risks center-left split

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s divided parliament begins voting for a new state president on Thursday, with former Senate Speaker Franco Marini the main candidate in a ballot that will severely strain the unity of the center-left alliance led by Pier Luigi Bersani.

The vote for a successor to President Giorgio Napolitano, whose term ends on May 15, will be a crucial step towards resolving the stalemate since the inconclusive election in February left no party with enough support to form a government.

Apr 16, 2013

Italy’s 5-Star picks journalist as presidential candidate

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement chose a television journalist as its candidate for president on Tuesday and hinted it could co-operate with center left if she were elected.

Choosing a successor to President Giorgio Napolitano, whose term ends on May 15, is a vital step toward resolving the stalemate created by an inconclusive general election in February that left no party able to form a government.

Apr 15, 2013

Italy’s Monti, Bersani seek agreement over new president

ROME (Reuters) – Outgoing Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti and center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani moved closer to agreement on Monday on choosing a new president, a vital step to ending the stalemate created by an inconclusive election in February.

Seven weeks after the general election, which left no party with a viable majority in parliament, Monti remains head of a caretaker government with vital reforms on hold until a new administration can be formed.

Apr 12, 2013

Italy “wise men” urge reform to help break political deadlock

ROME (Reuters) – A panel of “wise men” named by Italy’s president proposed sweeping political and economic reforms on Friday, but there was little sign they would achieve the aim of creating a consensus program to unite feuding political parties.

Italy has been left with a caretaker government for 45 days since an inconclusive election gave no party enough seats in parliament to govern alone, while personal enmity among faction leaders has made it all but impossible to agree a coalition.

Apr 10, 2013

Italy centre-left tensions rise as Renzi cries foul

ROME, April 10 (Reuters) – Italy’s centre-left alliance
showed new signs of division on Wednesday after the chief rival
to Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani denounced the
party hierarchy as efforts to form a government enter a critical
phase.

The deadlock has left the euro zone’s third-largest economy
with only a caretaker government in charge as it slides further
into a recession that many analysts expect will last until at
least next year.

Apr 10, 2013

Italy centre-left tensions rise as Renzi cries foul over vote

ROME, April 10 (Reuters) – Italy’s centre-left alliance
showed new signs of division on Wednesday after the chief rival
to Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani denounced the
party hierarchy as efforts to form a government enter a critical
phase.

The deadlock has left the euro zone’s third largest economy
with only a caretaker government in charge as it slides further
into a recession that many analysts expect will last until at
least next year.

Apr 9, 2013

Italy’s Bersani to meet Berlusconi, rules out “grand coalition”

ROME (Reuters) – Italian center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani confirmed on Tuesday he would meet his center-right rival Silvio Berlusconi soon, but held out little hope of a breakthrough in the political stalemate since February’s inconclusive election.

Bersani, who won a majority in the lower house but fell short of the Senate majority which would have allowed him to form a government, has so far refused Berlusconi’s demands for a “grand coalition” between the two rival forces.

Apr 8, 2013

Italy stalemate leaves business waiting on reform

ROME/MILAN (Reuters) – A long stalemate since Italy’s inconclusive election has left government departments in Rome becalmed until a new administration arrives and powerless to respond to increasingly desperate calls for action from business leaders.

More than 40 days have passed since the parliamentary election, with rival center-left and center-right leaders Pier Luigi Bersani and Silvio Berlusconi and the populist 5-Star Movement led by ex-comic Beppe Grillo no closer to an accord that would allow a government to be formed.