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ROME (Reuters) - Centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani will propose former Senate speaker Franco Marini as candidate for Italy's president at a meeting of his Democratic Party on Wednesday, a party source said.
Marini, a prominent Catholic and former leader of the moderate CISL union, would have the backing of Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right bloc and the centrists led by Prime Minister Mario Monti, the source said.
Earlier on Wednesday, Bersani issued a statement saying he believed that an agreement on a candidate was possible.
(Reporting by Paolo Biondi; writing by James Mackenzie; editing by Barry Moody)