Berlusconi Deputy Alfano Says Stalemate May Require New Election

Angelino Alfano, the head of Silvio Berlusconi’s political party, said talks to form a ruling parliamentary coalition in Italy haven’t yielded an agreement and a snap election may be required to resolve the stalemate.

“The positions remain very distant,” Alfano said today in Rome after meeting with Pier Luigi Bersani, who controls the biggest force in parliament. “If they remain distant this way over the next 48 hours, we will reiterate the only way is to go to elections.”

Bersani is seeking help from political adversaries after inconclusive elections Feb. 24-25 gave his forces a majority in the lower house of parliament and left the Senate split into three blocs. In order to become prime minister, the 61-year-old Bersani must get a deal by March 28, when he is scheduled to speak with President Giorgio Napolitano.

“It was a brief meeting, approached with a constructive spirit,” Alfano said.

Bersani, the head of Italy’s Democratic Party, will meet representatives of Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement tomorrow. Five Star has the third-biggest Senate presence after Bersani and Berlusconi.

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