ROME Feb 25 The deputy head of Italy's
centre-left Democratic Party (PD) dismissed talk of new
elections on Monday and said his coalition should win a lower
house majority and would have the responsibility of trying to
form a government, despite deadlock in the Senate.
The centre-left coalition holds a narrow lead in the race
for the lower house, according to television projections and PD
deputy leader Enrico Letta said it was legitimate to expect that
the winner in the Chamber of Deputies would be tasked with
forming a government.
"Whoever it is will have the responsibility to make the
first proposals to the head of state," he said. After the vote
count is final, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano will have
the task of naming someone to try to form a government.
Letta also ruled out a new election, saying that "returning
to the vote immediately does not seem today seem the best option
The latest projections indicate that no party or coalition
has enough support to form a majority in the Senate, which a
government would need to pass legislation.