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Monti's party says Prodi won't become president

Civic Choice says impossible because of PdL opposition

Monti's party says Prodi won't become president

Rome, April 17 - Outgoing Premier Mario Monti's Civic Choice party said Wednesday that two-time prime minister Romano Prodi will not become Italy's next president because he does not have the support of Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party. Prodi has been named among the possible candidates that the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), the biggest group in parliament, may propose to become the next head of state. But the former European commission president is seen as the nemesis of three-time premier Berlusconi after defeating him in elections in 1996 and 2006. Lawmakers from the Lower and Upper House of parliament and representatives of Italy's regional governments will start voting for President Giorgio Napolitano's successor on Thursday. "We don't have any problem with Prodi's name, but it won't happen because he cannot be elected with a broad majority," Civic Choice coordinator Andrea Olivero said on Italian radio. "We are aiming for this with great determination and we will push all the way to ensure that PdL agrees on the name chosen. "That does not mean we like all the people who have broad support, but broad support is an indispensable condition at the moment. The Constitution asks us for this".

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