Berlusconi calls for Tax Resistance
On Monday Italy will elect a new President. With only 24 hours to go the two main coalitions have not yet found a name or two to agree upon.
Repeating calls for an "impartial" candidate, without
close ties to a particular party, Berlusconi made it clear today he would not back the candidacy of Democratic Left Chairman Massimo D'Alema.
"I don't think it can be someone who waged a ferociousBerlusconi said.
electoral campaign against the leader of the opposing bloc,"
D'Alema, a former premier, has been an arch-rival of
Berlusconi for over a decade. The centre-right leader has frequently drawn attention to his opponent's political roots in Italy's former Communist party.
"When you talk about the president of the Republic itBerlusconi said.
has to be someone who will defend the constitution, the
Italian flag and Italian unity. It must be someone who can
offer all sides a guarantee of total impartiality,"
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"Indecente proporre D'Alema. Si rischia il regime."
"It's indecent to propose D'Alema for President. We are at risk of dictatorship." La Repubblica
"la proposta di un politico di un partito di sinistra è semplicemente indecente e al limite dell'emergenza democratica"
"To propose a left-wing politician is simply indecent and bordering into a democratic emergency." Corriere
Fausto Bertinotti, new speaker of the lower House, leader of Rifondazione Comunista, colleague and close friend of (former?) communist D'Alema
"La candidatura la deve decidere l'Unione. La mia opinione personale è che quella di Massimo D'Alema sia una candidatura di tutto rispetto, molto autorevole e per me convincente". Lo dice il presidente della Camera, Fausto Bertinotti."
"It's up to Prodi's coalition to decide who to propose for President. My personal opinion is that Massimo D'Alema is a respectful candidate..." La Repubblica
Berlusconi: "Se non saremo rappresentati non accetteremo di pagare le tasse"
"If we won't be represented (with one of our candidates) we (verbatim) won't accept paying taxes to this government!" Corriere