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Centre-left bigwig says hard to stay allied with Berlusconi

Bindi accuses ex-premier of 'pure vilification'

19 September, 12:04
Centre-left bigwig says hard to stay allied with Berlusconi (see related story on Berlusconi) (ANSA) - Rome, September 19 - It will be difficult for Premier Enrico Letta's centre-left Democratic Party (PD) to maintain its government alliance with the centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party following Silvio Berlusconi's controversial video message on Wednesday, according to PD bigwig Rosy Bindi.

In the address released shortly before a Senate panel took the first step towards stripping him of the centre-right leader parliamentary seat after a tax-fraud conviction became definitive, Berlusconi blasted the judiciary and centre-left.

Among other things he said "the left uses the judiciary for political aims" - that of allegedly trying to wipe the three-time off the political scene - and called on the Italian people to rebel.

"It was pure denigration against the left," Bindi said in an interview published in Thursdays edition of Rome-based daily La Repubblica.

"This is a boulder that has been put in the middle of the road we are taking together.

"As far as I'm concerned, Berlusconi's speech pulled the plug on the government. "I wonder how many other people convicted definitively can shout that they are innocent on all the TV networks and call on citizens to rebel. "This is treachery against the principles of the Constitution. For us, the judiciary is a serious thing and sentences should be respected".