March 14, 2018 / 5:24 PM / 3 months ago

Italy's Berlusconi wants centre-right to form government with centre-left support - Senator

ROME (Reuters) - Italian centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi wants to convince his coalition allies to try to form a minority government with support from the centre-left Democratic Party, a senator from his Forza Italia (Go Italy!) party said on Wednesday.

Forza Italia party leader Silvio Berlusconi casts his vote at a polling station in Milan, Italy March 4, 2018. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

A national election on March 4 gave no one group enough seats to form a majority, starting a power struggle between the right-wing coalition, which won the most seats, and the anti-system 5-Star Movement, which emerged as the biggest party.

Berlusconi told a meeting of newly elected parliamentarians he wanted a minority government “with the support of the PD on individual measures”, Forza Italia Senator Luigi Vitale told reporters.

The four-times premier acknowledged that his partners, the eurosceptic League and nationalist Brothers of Italy, disagreed with this plan, adding, “We will convince (them),” Vitale said.

Reporting by Alberto Sisto, writing by Isla Binnie; Editing by Crispian Balmer

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