Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

Berlusconi’s party urges his return for 2013 vote


(ANSA) - Rome, August 2 - Former Prime Minister Silvio
Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party is urging him to
shelf reservations to run in next year's legislative elections.
On Thursday, current PdL leader Angelino Alfano admitted
that inside the party there is a "feeling of insistence for
Berlusconi to announce that he will lead the party's list and
for a new season of premiership".
He hasn't yet decided, but we are counting on his sense of
responsibility and love for Italy," said Alfano while talking on
Radio Anch'io.
Italy is scheduled to hold parliamentary elections by next
spring at the latest.
After resigning last year, Berlusconi had said that he would
not lead the PdL again nor seek the premiership.
However as the technocrat government led by Premier Mario
Monti has become increasingly unpopular due to the austerity
measures it has imposed on Italians.
Berlusconi has flip-flopped on whether to attempt a return
to the apex of Italian political life.
Angelino Alfano, Berlusconi's hand-picked dauphin, took over
the party leadership but has never said whether he would seek
the premiership.
On Thursday Alfano stepped back from reinforcing his claim
to lead the PdL - a party founded by Berlusconi - suggesting
that there would be no leadership contest should Berlusconi
decide to return.
"We won't hold any [party] primaries," because they would be
"superfluous" in case Berlusconi were to return. Rather,
primaries would seem "hypocritical," Alfano said.
In his remarks to Radio Anch'Io, Alfano also said he hopes
the PdL will win enough seats to govern by itself, without any

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