April 12 - Italy's political deadlock shows no sign of abating, as the country's president says it will be up to his successor to broker a solution. Kirsty Basset reports.
Italy remains in political deadlock, following its inconclusive February election. And now the country's President says it will be up to his successor to figure out how to change that. Giorgio Napolitano says the only way the deadlock will be broken is if opposing political forces work together. And it will be up to his successor, yet to be appointed, to supervise that process. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) ITALIAN PRESIDENT GIORGIO NAPOLITANO SAYING: "The discussions and decisions are in the hands of the political forces, and it will be my successor who must decide what to do." Napolitano is due to leave in a month, and parliament begins voting to replace him on April 18. But on the streets of Rome, there's a growing sense of impatience. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) ROME RESIDENT FRANCO MARRAS SAYING: "I think they need to agree quickly if not we need to vote again really quickly, it is simply an ungovernable situation." A panel of ten 'wise men' appointed by the president to find a way out of the crisis - proposed a series of political and economic reforms on Friday, including slashing red tape, cutting back the bloated political system and making tax collection more efficient. But there was little sign that they would be able to build consensus between the three deadlocked political blocs.