Italy's Bersani fails to win over 5 Star Movement

March 27, 2013 - 10:28 AM
Italy Politics

Italian Democratic party leader Pier Luigi Bersani speaks to reporters in Rome Saturday, March 23, 2013. Italy's president has tapped center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani to form a new government following national elections that produced no clear winner. Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said Friday that Bersani was best positioned to create a government given "the most difficult circumstances." Bersani's coalition won control of the lower house but not enough seats to control the Senate, creating political gridlock. (AP Photo/Mauro Scrobogna, Lapresse)

MILAN (AP) — Italian center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani says he'll take another 48 hours to seek support for a new government after failing to persuade the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement to back him.

Bersani said Wednesday that Italy needs a government now. But the 5 Star Movement said its lawmakers will not back any established party.

The movement's leader, Beppe Grillo, described the main political party leaders with an off-color term on Twitter and blamed them for robbing young Italians of their future.

Bersani's coalition controls the lower house but not the Senate. He has excluded seeking a deal with former premier Silvio Berlusconi's center-right forces.

If he fails, the president can tap someone else to try to create a government or he can call for a new election.