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Bersani says Italians need stable government, economy

'Our country is really in trouble,' says Democratic Party head

Bersani says Italians need stable government, economy

Rome, April 8 - Italy needs a stable government able to respond quickly to its economic crisis, rather than a body that is constantly focused on its own survival, centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani said Monday. "Our country is really in trouble," Bersani, leader of the centre-left Democratic Party said in a letter to La Repubblica newspaper published on Monday. He condemned the continued uncertainty around Italy's future government as taking a cruel toll on economic prospects but repeated his disdain for a coalition with the centre-right led by former premier Silvio Berlusconi. "They multiply the conditions of extreme malaise and worsen a radical drop in confidence," said Bersani in his letter. "We want a government, of course. But a government that can act unequivocally....in the common life of the citizens. "Not a government that lives in acrobatics". But working in partnership with Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) is an option favoured by some in Bersani's PD, which won a majority in the lower house of Parliament in late-February elections. That was not enough, however, to give his government control as he failed to win a majority in the equally powerful Senate. The PD will try to win more public support next Saturday with an anti-poverty rally announced Monday. Meanwhile, Berlusconi's PdL maintained Monday that Bersani needs the centre-right's support to tackle Italy's economic woes. "The priority for the PdL is to help Italy to exit quickly from the crisis by supporting businesses and families," by working with Bersani, said Barbara Saltamartini, a member of the PdL national directorate.

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