Berlusconi says PD violated agreement with Prodi candidacy

Marini's rejection blasted by ex-premier and PdL leader

Berlusconi says PD violated agreement with Prodi candidacy

Rome, April 19 - Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi blasted the Democratic Party (PD) on Friday, saying that it had violated an agreement by shelving Senate Speaker Franco Marini as the party's presidential candidate. People of Freedom Party (PdL) leader Berlusconi said that the PD had "gone back on their word". Earlier on Friday the PD tagged former European Commission president and twice Italian premier Romano Prodi to be its new presidential candidate after Marini, the PD's first candidate, failed to prevail in the first two presidential ballots on Thursday because of an internal party rift. Bersani consulted Berlusconi before proposing Marini and some suggested there had been a "shady deal" which saw the ex-premier's PdL party backing Marini, an 80-year-old member of the Catholic wing of the PD.

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