Italy's Bersani To Propose Ex-Senate Speaker As President

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Reuters
Center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani will propose former Senate speaker Franco Marini as candidate for Italy's president at a meeting of his Democratic Party on Wednesday, a party source said.

Italian centre-left leader Bersani speaks after meeting with Italian President Napolitano at Quirinale palace in Rome

Center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani will propose former Senate speaker Franco Marini as candidate for Italy's president at a meeting of his Democratic Party on Wednesday, a party source said.

Marini, a prominent Catholic and former leader of the moderate CISL union, would have the backing of Silvio Berlusconi's center-right bloc and the centrists led by Prime Minister Mario Monti, the source said.

Earlier on Wednesday, Bersani issued a statement saying he believed that an agreement on a candidate was possible.