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Bersani says trying to reach out to people, not court Grillo

Centre-left leader wants to break through 'wall of system'

Bersani says trying to reach out to people, not court Grillo

(see related story) Rome, March 6 - Centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani told senior officials of his Democratic Party (PD) on Wednesday that he was trying to reach out to a disillusioned public, not court 5-Star Movement (M5S) leader Beppe Grillo. "Here we are not courting Grillo, but we are interpreting what is moving deep down (in society) in order to break a hole in the wall of self-referentiality of the (political) system, which is starting to be at stake," Bersani said. The anti-establishment M5S holds the balance of power in parliament, winning 163 seats in both Houses, after benefiting from a huge protest vote. This came amid widespread public disenchantment with a political class that has been hit by a series of corruption scandals and is seen by some as having done more to protect its privileges than to resolve Italy's economic ailments. Bersani was addressing his party to present the government platform he intends to propose to Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and subsequently ask parliament to vote confidence in. It is up to Napolitano to choose who should have the task of forming a a new government.

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