Berlusconi pledges responsible opposition

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Florence mayor Matteo Renzi greets couples that have been married for over 50 years during a ceremony on Valentine’s Day in Florence, Italy, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Outgoing Premier Enrico Letta hosted his final cabinet meeting Friday after his party sacked him in a stunning power play to put Florence’s dynamic young mayor at the helm of the Italian government. His rival and the architect of his downfall spent the day doing what he does best, charming ordinary Italians by celebrating Valentine’s Day at Florence’s city hall with hundreds of married couples. (AP Photo/Fabrizio Giovannozzi)

Florence mayor Matteo Renzi greets couples that have been married for over 50 years during a ceremony on Valentine’s Day in Florence, Italy, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Outgoing Premier Enrico Letta hosted his final cabinet meeting Friday after his party sacked him in a stunning power play to put Florence’s dynamic young mayor at the helm of the Italian government. His rival and the architect of his downfall spent the day doing what he does best, charming ordinary Italians by celebrating Valentine’s Day at Florence’s city hall with hundreds of married couples. (AP Photo/Fabrizio Giovannozzi)

Forza Italia party’s leader Silvio Berlusconi talks to journalists after talks with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, at the Quirinale presidential palace, in Rome, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. Berlusconi was among the political leaders who met Saturday with Italy’s president, who is feeling out political leaders to determine if Democratic Party leader Matteo Renzi has enough support to form a new government after he sidelined outgoing Premier Enrico Letta, a rival Democrat. Berlusconi has pledged that his Forza Italia party will be a “responsible opposition” to any new government headed by Renzi. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

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ROME (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi has pledged that his Forza Italia party will be a “responsible opposition” to any new government headed by the Democratic Party leader Matteo Renzi.

Berlusconi was among the political leaders who met Saturday with Italy’s president, who is feeling out political leaders to determine if Renzi has enough support to form a new government after he sidelined outgoing Premier Enrico Letta, a rival Democrat.

Berlusconi, who remains influential despite his ban on holding political office, said he was concerned by the “opaque” power grab.

Renzi, 39, was waiting in Florence, where he is mayor, to be summoned by the president, if he finds there is enough support to form a government. That is not expected before Sunday.

A Renzi government would need to pass confidence votes in Parliament.

Associated Press

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