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Centre-left chief outlines government platform

Bersani's failed to win working majority in Senate

Centre-left chief outlines government platform

Rome, March 6 - Centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani attended a meeting of his Democratic Party (PD) on Wednesday to outline the platform for government that he intends to present to President Giorgio Napolitano after Italy's general election failed to a produce a clear winner. Bersani's alliance came first in the vote but it failed to win a working majority in the Senate after ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's centre right came a close second and former comedian Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) benefited from a big protest vote. There is a danger Italy will face a period of political deadlock. Bersani has ruled out forming a government with Berlusconi. But Grillo, whose movement holds the balance of power in parliament, is hostile to the established parties and has said he will not back a government led by Bersani or Berlusconi. Bersani is hoping to persuade Grillo to soften his stance, saying he will ask parliament to vote confidence in a platform made up of eight points that are in line with M5S's manifesto. Wednesday's meeting of senior party officials will vote on Bersani's proposal.

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