March 28th, 2013
04:33 PM ET

Italian leftist fails to form government

With Italy mired in post-election gridlock, Pier Luigi Bersani told Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on Thursday that he has been unable to form a new government, state news agency ANSA reported.

Bersani fared the best in the February elections by leading a leftist coalition to a small majority in the lower house of parliament. But he was unable to win a majority in the Senate.

Instead, power in the Senate was divided between Bersani and the center-right coalition of his rival, former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, which is anchored by his party, Popolo della Liberta, or People of Freedom.

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  1. JM Tulane

    It is probably a good thing that the leftist party was unable to form a government. The leftist party in Italy keeps opposing necessary reforms. If these reforms aren’t passed then Italy will continue to endanger its own economy and the European Union as a whole. Italy needs to suck it up and bite the bullet.

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