Italy centre-left leader urges all parties to back a new government

ROME (Reuters) - Italian centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani on Thursday appealed to all the parties in parliament to be responsible and back a new government that can pass the reforms the country needs.

After meeting with President Giorgio Napolitano, Bersani said that "all the forces in parliament" should support a government with a programme for "change" presented by the centre-left because "there needs to be a government".

Asked if this meant he would also welcome the backing of Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right, an option he has so far rejected, he said: "We are appealing to the whole of parliament to support the changes needed."

(Reporting by Steve Scherer)