Italy may hold new elections within months should Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani fail to win support in parliament to form a government after inconclusive elections. There are no alternatives to a vote “in a few months” if Bersani doesn’t get a majority in parliament, Stefano Fassina, economic-policy spokesman for Bersani, said today on Sky TG24 TV. “We should name a new president, change the electoral law and then return to polls as soon as possible.” Italian bond yields surged after elections on Feb. 24-25 ended in a four-way parliamentary split, raising doubt over the stability of the next government. Bersani, whose party won the most votes, failed to gain control of parliament as former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and comedian-turned-politician Beppe Grillo won blocking minorities in the Senate.
Bersani has resisted cooperation with Berlusconi and has said he would seek a compromise with Grillo’s upstart political movement. Grillo must take responsibility and say how he wants to restructure the house or “we’ll all go home,” Bersani said late yesterday in a televised interview on RAI 3.
Bersani is under pressure to provide Italy with a stable government to pull the economy out of an 18-month recession and help the country service its $2.6 trillion debt. Moody’s Investors Service said in a report Feb. 27 that the gridlock may re-ignite the euro-area’s debt crisis as turmoil in the bloc’s third-largest economy risks spilling over into weaker sovereigns like Portugal and Spain.
New elections may be held in June, July or after summer, Fassina said today. Italian voters “rejected” austerity measures imposed by Mario Monti’s government and the euro area isn’t on the right road to end the crisis, he said.