Florence mayor denies reports of bid for Italian premier

Matteo Renzi dismisses hypothesis of leading grand coalition

Florence mayor denies reports of bid for Italian premier

Florence, March 1 - Florence mayor and ex-primary candidate for Democratic Party (PD) head Matteo Renzi on Friday denied headlines claiming that he was ready to lead a broad coalition government to take Italy out of parliamentary gridlock brought on by inconclusive election results this week. On Friday Italy's leading national newspaper Il Corriere della Sera published headlines claiming Renzi was ready to become premier over a grand coalition bridging the three major minority political groups elected to the Italian parliament. The body of the article, however, quoted Bersani as slamming such a hypothesis. "I said in the primaries what I wanted for Italy. I lost. Now I am being the mayor," Renzi reiterated on the social network Twitter on Friday. "We cannot even allow regrets," he concluded. Renzi's staff confirmed to ANSA that the Twitter comment denies any notion of his attempting parliamentary leadership floated in the Italian press.

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