Italy's Bersani has brain surgery

Pier Luigi Bersani - file pic Mr Bersani refused to form a coalition with Silvio Berlusconi's supporters

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The former leader of Italy's centre-left, Pier Luigi Bersani, has undergone surgery after suffering a brain haemorrhage on Sunday.

The 62-year-old led the Democratic Party (PD) into elections last February but resigned after a disappointing result and party rebellion.

Mr Bersani is a former Communist and veteran of party politics.

When the PD failed to get enough votes to govern alone he was sidelined and the party's Enrico Letta became PM.

As a minister in the 1990s Mr Bersani pushed through liberalisation measures far removed from his earlier Communist background. He is also a devout Catholic.

He is now at the University of Parma hospital. Surgeons located the source of the haemorrhage after his emergency admission on Sunday.

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