Pres. recalls 'historic compromise' amid political logjam

1976 coalition between Communists, Christian Dems 'took courage'

Pres. recalls 'historic compromise' amid political logjam

Rome, April 8 - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on Monday recalled the country's 'historic compromise' of 1976 between parties on opposite ends of the political spectrum as politicians today are at an impasse to forming a government. "It took courage to make that unprecedented choice of (forming) a broad coalition," said Napolitano before the Senate on Monday in a speech devoted to Italian Communist politician and writer Gerardo Chiaromonte, who died 20 years ago Sunday. Napolitano, who is working to overcome gridlock in parliament after inconclusive elections in February, was referring to the decision of the Communist Party to support the Christian Democrat party after intense negotiations. Both parties are now defunct. Today, direct talks between parties in parliament have stalled after former Communist Pier Luigi Bersani, the head of the center-left Democratic Party (PD), received a government-formation mandate but failed to garner cross-party support from the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) of Beppe Grillo and the center-right People of Freedom (PdL) party of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi.

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