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PD says no 'grand coalition', will woo Grillo Senators

Bersani to make 'proposal for change aimed at M5S'

26 February, 12:57
PD says no 'grand coalition', will woo Grillo Senators (ANSA) - Rome, February 26 - The centre left will not try to form a grand coalition with the centre right but instead woo the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) in a bid to break Italy's post-election gridlock in the Senate, a senior member of the Democratic Party (PD) said Tuesday.

The PD's coalition led by Pier Luigi Bersani got a majority in the House but fell well short in the Senate because of a huge protest vote for comedian Beppe Grillo's M5S, prompting centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi to suggest the traditional blocs work together because Italy "deserves to be governed".

Faced with the upper-house paralysis, "we will not forge a government with those responsible for the disaster we are in," said PD Deputy President Marina Sereni, referring to the Greek-style economic meltdown Italy risked facing before Berlusconi resigned in favour of technocrat Mario Monti in November 2011, and a recession deepened by Monti's austerity.

She said Bersani, seen by most pundits as the man President Giorgio Napolitano will hand a government-seeking mandate to, would shortly "make a proposal for change aimed at the M5S".