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Democratic Party (PD) leader Pier Luigi Bersani speaks as he celebrates his victory on stage in downtown Rome December 2, 2012. Bersani won a run-off primary election by a huge margin on Sunday to become the Italian centre-left candidate for prime minister in national elections early next year.
Democratic Party (PD) leader Pier Luigi Bersani speaks as he celebrates his victory on stage in downtown Rome December 2, 2012. Bersani won a run-off primary election by a huge margin on Sunday to become the Italian centre-left candidate for prime minister in national elections early next year.
(Stringer / Italy/Reuters)

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Meet the (likely) new boss – Pier Luigi Bersani

The last Italian prime minister whose surname began with a “B” – Silvio Berlusconi – was a disaster. The country’s next leader’s name is also likely to start with a “B.”

Investors want Mario Monti, the technocrat who took over from Berlusconi last year, to stay as prime minister after the election, which will probably be in March. But they are more likely to get Pier Luigi Bersani, leader of the left-wing Democratic Party (PD). While there are risks, such an outcome may not be as bad as it looks – not least because Bersani has promised to continue with Monti’s policies and was one of the few reformers when Romano Prodi was prime minister in the last decade.