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Mar 22, 2013

Italy president summons Bersani for possible mandate

ROME, March 22 (Reuters) – Italian President Giorgio
Napolitano called centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani to a
meeting on Friday, suggesting he may ask the former industry
minister to seek support from other parties to form a government
and end political deadlock.

Napolitano completed two days of consultations with party
leaders on Thursday after an election last month which gave the
centre-left control of the lower house but left it short of a
majority in the Senate, meaning it cannot govern alone.

Mar 22, 2013

No sign of political unity as Italy awaits president’s decision

ROME, March 22 (Reuters) – Italian parties reacted
sceptically on Friday to centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani’s
call for a government backed by all political forces,
complicating President Giorgio Napolitano’s efforts to end the
stalemate left by last month’s election.

Napolitano has ended consultations with the parties to try
to form a government after the election which gave the
centre-left control of the lower house but left it short of a
majority in the Senate and thus unable to govern alone.

Mar 21, 2013

Italy parties split as president seeks way forward

ROME, March 21 (Reuters) – Italy’s political parties
remained far apart on Thursday as President Giorgio Napolitano
sought to form a government after last month’s deadlocked
election left no group with a majority in parliament.

The election gave Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi
Bersani’s centre-left alliance with the leftist SEL party a
majority in the lower house but not in the Senate, leaving it
unable to govern without the support of other parties.

Mar 21, 2013

Italy parties split as president seeks way out of stalemate

ROME, March 21 (Reuters) – Italy’s divided political parties
remained far apart on Thursday as President Giorgio Napolitano
tried to form a government after last month’s deadlocked
election left no group with a majority in parliament.

The election gave Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi
Bersani’s centre-left alliance with the leftist SEL party a
majority in the lower house but not in the Senate, leaving it
unable to govern without the support of other parties.

Mar 19, 2013

Italian president seeks way out of political stalemate

ROME (Reuters) – Italian President Giorgio Napolitano starts consultations with political leaders on Wednesday to see if any of them has a chance of forming a government after last month’s election left no party with a majority in parliament.

Italy’s political stalemate and the prospect of months of political uncertainty has created alarm across Europe just as the standoff over bank deposits in Cyprus reawakened fears that the euro zone debt crisis could flare up again.

Mar 17, 2013

Italian president urges unity as poll pressure grows

ROME (Reuters) – Italian President Giorgio Napolitano appealed to political leaders on Sunday to work together to form a government, but his appeal fell on deaf ears and pressure grew for a new poll after last month’s deadlocked election.

The threat of months of political instability following the inconclusive ballot has triggered warnings across Europe that Italy cannot afford to delay urgent reforms to shore up its massive public debt and boost its sickly economy, now stuck in recession for over a year.

Mar 17, 2013

Italy’s Grillo warns members who defied vote orders

ROME, March 17 (Reuters) – Beppe Grillo, leader of Italy’s
5-Star Movement, accused parliamentarians in his group who
defied party orders over a secret ballot of lying and told them
to “take the consequences”, sparking furious online debate among
his followers.

In the first sitting of parliament since February’s
inconclusive election, a handful of Senators from the
anti-establishment 5-Star Movement cast their ballots with the
centre-left in an election to choose the new speaker, despite
instructions to cast a blank vote.

Mar 17, 2013

Italy’s Bersani seeks way out of political deadlock

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani said on Sunday he would seek the backing of parliament for his policies on creating jobs and fighting corruption in the absence of enough support to form a government.

Stalemate after a deadlocked election in February and the threat of months of political instability has triggered alarm across Europe and warnings that Italy cannot afford to delay urgently needed reforms to boost its sickly economy.

Mar 16, 2013

Italy parliament elects speakers as tensions continue

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s center-left alliance scraped a narrow victory in a vote to appoint the new speakers of parliament on Saturday but the fragile margin of success underlined how hard it will be to form a stable government after last month’s deadlocked election.

The appointment of the speakers was parliament’s first act since the February election, in which the center-left formation of Pier Luigi Bersani won a lower house majority but not enough to control the Senate and form a government.

Mar 16, 2013

Italy parties deadlocked as parliament opens

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s divided parties failed to overcome their differences in a vote for parliamentary speakers on Saturday, deepening the stalemate after last month’s deadlocked elections and raising the prospect of a return to the polls within months.

Italy has been caught in an impasse since the election in February that saw the center-left alliance of Pier Luigi Bersani gain a lower house majority but miss the numbers needed to control the Senate as well and form a government.