Centre-left leader 'ashamed' for Berlusconi

Bersani deplores ex-premier's remarks on women

Centre-left leader 'ashamed' for Berlusconi

Siracusa, February 12 - Democratic Party (PD) Secretary and leader of the centre-left coalition Pierluigi Bersani on Tuesday distanced himself from repeated comments made by ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi at the expense of women. ''When I hear some of Berlusconi's remarks about women I feel ashamed for him,'' Bersani told petrochemical workers in Sicily. Berlusconi's latest off-colour and allegedly sexist remarks were made to an energy company technician Monday whom he publicly asked how many times she came. ''We will rid the leopard of its spots because 40% of our members of parliament will be women and they will be the ones to teach him good manners,'' Bersani said. Last week the centre-left was leading polls just two weeks ahead of general elections on February 24 and 25, with the centre-right trailing not far behind. Berlusconi is the public face of his coalition's campaign although he confirmed on Tuesday that he would nominate his party secretary Angelino Alfano for the post of premier in the event of victory.

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