Italy’s prime minister designate Mario Monti has met with leaders of the two largest parties as he continues to seek enough support to form a lasting government.
The idea is for the new administration to govern until elections in 2013, and Monti wants to agree on terms before holding a confidence vote in parliament on Friday.
Although the government is expected to be made up of mostly non-political technocrats, both the Democratic Party and Berlusconi’s PDL want some form of representation in the cabinet.
The leader of the main opposition Democratic Party (PD) Pier Luigi Bersani said: “We exchanged views concerning the proposed economic programme and structure of the government. I confirmed my party’s intention to support an authoritative government including those with a strong technical background and knowledge.”
“Members of different orientations within the party have expressed doubts. Despite this, there’s still agreement on the proposal for a government of technicians without political personalities, a government connected to the programme agreed upon by Berlusconi,” said Maurizio Gasparri of the PDL.
Not supporting the new administration is the rightwing Northern League who were part of ex-premiere Silvio Berlusconi’s coalition. One of its MPs called the planned government a ‘Franco-German directorate’.