Italian president asks Democratic Party to form government

Napolitano invites Bersani to join together a month after inconclusive elections

Italian centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersanihas been invited to form government by president Giorgio NapolitanoPhotograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Italian centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersanihas been invited to form government by president Giorgio NapolitanoPhotograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Fri, Mar 22, 2013, 16:56

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

Mr 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 February election, Mr 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.

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