Hour-long talk between Bersani and Berlusconi produces no results

Hour-long talk between Bersani and Berlusconi produces no results
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There has been no progress on Italy’s political impasse after an hour of talks between centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani and his centre-right rival Silvio Berlusconi.

No government has been formed since inconclusive elections in February.

Discussions between the two men on Tuesday were aimed at finding a replacement for current Italian president Giorgio Napolitano, due to end his term on May 15.

Looking for a president who will suit the party and its supporters, Secretary of Berlusconi’s People of Freedom Party Angelino Alfano said: “We are willing to agree to a president who will not be against an important portion of the Italian people.”

Meanwhile, the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement carried out its own version of Occupy, staying in parliament committee rooms to read the Italian constitution out loud long after the rooms were meant to be closed.

The largest single party to be voted into parliament wants to form parliamentary committees so laws can be made while there is no government.

5-Star has refused to form a government with either the People of Freedom Party or Bersani’s Democratic Party.

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