Berlusconi demands coalition with centre-left

Silvio Berlusconi wants the centre-left to go into coalition with his centre-right group.

Former Italy Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi. Picture: AFP.

ROME - Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi repeated on Monday that centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani must go into coalition with his centre-right group or Italy should hold a new vote after last month's deadlocked election.

Democratic Party leader Bersani, whose alliance won a majority in the lower house of parliament but not in the Senate, is in talks with parties this week to see if he can form a government. He has so far rejected the idea of going into coalition with the centre-right group led by Berlusconi's People of Freedom party.

"Either the Democratic Party...does the reasonable thing and opens to a government with the People of Freedom...or the only thing to do is return to vote as soon as possible," Berlusconi said in an interview on his own Canale 5 television.