Bersani Will Meet Napolitano as Ally Says Still Can Win Support

Pier Luigi Bersani will meet Italian President Giorgio Napolitano later today as an ally in his Democratic Party said he still could win the support he needs to convince the head of state to give him the premiership.

Bersani told reporters in Rome he has finished his consultations with lawmakers and would take a few hours to reflect before heading to the presidential palace “by evening.” The meeting with Napolitano will conclude a week in which Bersani, 61, sought to overcome a shortfall of support in parliament and assemble enough lawmakers to form a government.

“We think there’s still room to resolve it in a positive way,” Luigi Zanda, head of the Democratic Party in the Senate, said after meeting Bersani today. “As you know, it often happens that the most delicate affairs are resolved in the last phase.”

Lawmakers are under pressure to overcome a deadlock and form a government capable of stimulating the weak economy and shielding Italy from fallout from the financial crisis in Cyprus. Bersani’s proposal of an alliance was rejected yesterday by Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement. His talks with Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Liberty haven’t produced an agreement so far.

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