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Centre-left head Bersani says to quit after Italy president picked

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ROME (Reuters) - Italian centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani told his Democratic Party on Friday he would resign as soon as a new head of state is elected, Italian news agencies reported.

On Friday scores of party rebels disobeyed Bersani's instructions to vote for former Prime Minister Romano Prodi in an election for head of state, having also scuppered a different candidate proposed by Bersani on Thursday.

"One in four of us was a traitor, for me it is unacceptable," Bersani was quoted as saying by the AGI agency at the meeting of PD parliamentarians.

(Reporting By Gavin Jones)

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