Italian parliament rep to address PA legislature

The Communist speaker of Italy's lower house of parliament said Monday he will address the Palestinian Authority legislature later this week. The speaker, Fausto Bertinotti, said he wanted to underscore the need for dealing with all members of the Palestinian Authority coalition government of the Hamas and Fatah movement. "Political power is considered legitimate when it comes from the ballot box," Bertinotti said in a joint news conference with PA Information Minister Mustafa Barghouti. "I would like to express my appreciation for initiatives that will lead to the recognition and full dealing with the members of the Palestinian government," he said. "That's why I accepted an invitation to speak before the (Palestinian) legislature."