Italy's Berlusconi calls for broad government or early vote

By REUTERS
April 5, 2013 14:28

 
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ROME - Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, buoyed by new opinion polls showing a lead for his center-right coalition, said on Friday Italy must return to the polls quickly unless the center left agrees to govern with him.

Italy has been gridlocked since an inconclusive February election gave no bloc enough votes to govern, forcing outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti to stay on as a caretaker until the impasse can be broken.

"It's crucial to form a strong and stable government immediately," Berlusconi said in a tweet. He added that if the center-left Democratic Party (PD) continues to reject his call for a broad coalition, "we must return to the polls."

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