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Center-left leader to form coalition

ROME — Italy’s center-left leader, Pier Luigi Bersani, was chosen Friday to form a new and viable government, which is badly needed to steer the country out of recession and get more Italians back to work.

The national elections last month produced no clear winner, but President Giorgio Napolitano said the 61-year-old Bersani was best positioned to create a government given ‘‘the most difficult circumstances’’ — a reference to the fact that the political leader has a comfortable majority in the lower house, but that the Senate is split.

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