'Letta to meet Berlusconi, announce decision Saturday'

Key talks before PD man tells president if he can get majorities

'Letta to meet Berlusconi, announce decision Saturday'

Rome, April 25 - Centre-left Democratic Party (PD) deputy head Enrico Letta will meet centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) leader Silvio Berlusconi after the three-time premier returns from the United States Saturday, sources close to the PD official's government-formation efforts said Thursday. It would be the final meeting before Letta decides whether he has enough cross-party support to tell President Giorgio Napolitano he thinks he can form a government able to win confidence votes in both Houses. On paper the combined forces of PD, PdL and outgoing Premier Mario Monti's Civic Choice have clear majorities in the House and the equally powerful Senate. The PD carried the House but not the Senate in February elections, leading to a two-month stalemate, the resignation of PD leader Pier Luigi Bersani, and the re-election of President Giorgio Napolitano who gave Letta a mandate Wednesday.

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