Italy stuck in political deadlock with president struggling to bring parties together
Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:5AM
The political deadlock in Italy seems far from over. After a week of inconclusive talks, center-left coalition leader Bersani has not been able to use his mandate to form a government. The responsibility for forming a government is now in the hands of the presidentItalian President Giorgio Napolitano held talks with political parties Friday in a new attempt to break post-election deadlock after no coalition won a majority in parliament in last February's elections. However the parties failed again to settle the differences between them. The Democratic Party reiterated that it is opposed to forming a grand coalition with ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's centre right and that it would back whatever President Napolitano decides. Beppe Grillo, the leader of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement which captured an unexpectedly big protest vote in last February's general election, has repeatedly refused center-left coalition leader Bersani's requests that they work together to form a new government. A frustrated Bersani lost his temper suggesting the former comedian wrongly sees himself as Italy's only hope for salvation, the savior of the country.. On Friday night at the presidential palace Napolitano announced that he would take a moment of reflection after consultation with parties. The president intends to mull his options on what is the best way out of the impasse. Pundits say that Napolitano will form a so-called institutional government led by an authoritative figure. Napolitano's seven-year term as Italian President will end in mid-May. If a government is not formed soon Italy may face new elections in a few months.