Italy's Bersani again refuses coalition with center-right

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 02, 2013 10:39 AM
Italy's Bersani again refuses coalition with center-right

ROME (Reuters) - Italian center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani restated his refusal to form a grand coalition with the center-right bloc led by Silvio Berlusconi, saying on Tuesday that a cross-party government would not be credible.

Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PDL) party has repeatedly called for the center-left to form a coalition government with them, but the former prime minister is politically toxic to his traditional rivals.

Bersani said a so-called "governissimo", with the center-left, PDL, and the centrist Civic Choice group, "would be in our opinion the wrong solution to the needs of the country".

He also rejected the center-right's call for new elections and to be allowed to pick the next president to succeed President Giorgio Napolitano, whose term ends in May.

(Reporting by Naomi O'Leary; editing by James Mackenzie)