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Prodi rules out "grand coalition"

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Prodi rules out "grand coalition"


Romano Prodi, leader of the centre-left coalition which has claimed victory in Italy’s general election, has reiterated there will be no German-style grand coalition in his country. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi who refuses to concede defeat, called on left and right to share power. But that was immediately dismissed by Prodi: “There already is a government coalition… our program never contained plans for a grand coalition nor is there any need for one – that is only needed if there is no majority in parliament.”

He went on to say his victory was secure despite demands by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for ballot checks: “Prime Minister Berlusconi is protesting the result but he is the one who has control of the interior ministry, the transmission of results, the technical side, everything… I don’t know, maybe he doesn’t trust himself, maybe he’s having an identity crisis,” Prodi told an amused crowd.

Prodi has said he probably will not be able to form a new government before mid-May as he will have to wait until a new president is elected. President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi’s term ends on May 18.

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