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Bersani's condition improves, moved from intensive care

Former centre-left leader in Parma hospital under close watch

13 January, 17:37
Bersani's condition improves, moved from intensive care (ANSA) - Parma, January 13 - The medical condition of former centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani has improved enough that he has been upgraded from intensive care and into semi-intensive care.

The 62-year-old former chief of the Democratic Party (PD) suffered a brain hemorrhage more than a week ago that led to emergency brain surgery.

Officials at the Maggiore hospital in Parma, in north-central Italy, say that his condition remained stable on the weekend, with his recovery proceeding as expected.

In semi-intensive care, Bersani's visits are still restricted and his conditions remain under careful watch.

After his surgery, Bersani's doctors said that there seemed to be no brain damage, saying the patient was "conscious and collaborative".

Bersani failed to lead the centre-left PD to victory in last year's general election despite having a big lead in the polls beforehand after conducting a colourless campaign.

After the vote, he then could not persuade the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) to back a government led by him after the election. Instead, the PD had to settle for a left-right coalition headed by another of its members, Premier Enrico Letta.

Bersani quit as PD chief in April after internal revolts prevented the party from having two of the candidates he had chosen elected as Italian president.