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Napolitano hopes for 'constructive path' through turmoil

Parties have pledged to pass budget, says president

Napolitano hopes for 'constructive path' through turmoil

(see related stories) Rome, December 7 - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said in a statement on Friday that he was hopeful a "constructive, correct path" could be pursued at the "institutional level" after Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party said it considered Premier Mario Monti's government to be finished. The head of state issued the statement after talks with PdL Secretary Angelino Alfano and with Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani, who is set to be the centre left's premier candidate at the upcoming national elections. Napolitano said that the parties have pledged to contribute to an "orderly conclusion" to the current parliamentary term and have vowed to work to pass the 2013 budget. If Monti's emergency government of unelected technocrats falls before the budget for next year is passed, it would be necessary to form a provisional executive to push it through parliament. Napolitano also said that he would soon have talks with Monti.

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