Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018

Berlusconi denies PdL implosion over Lazio scandal


(ANSA) - Rome, September 25 - Former premier Silvio
Berlusconi of the centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party on
Tuesday denied that his party was at risk of imploding as a
result of the corruption scandal that has engulfed the PdL
caucus in the Lazio regional council.
"No, we are not in disarray," Berlusconi told journalists
on arriving in Rome by train from Milan.
The party, long in the grips of internal splits, was shaken
earlier this month by the news that Franco Fiorito, the former
regional PdL party whip, had been placed under investigation for
suspected embezzlement of party funds.
However in a note released later in the day Berlusconi said
that responsibility for the scandal lies with the leaders of all
political parties.
"All the groups in the Lazio regional council were jointly
responsible: majority and opposition," he said.
The former premier added that now "it is necessary to
repeal the system of party and caucus financing as we have known
it" and called for the implementation of "independent controls".
He concluded by committing himself to a process of recovery
"without uncertainties": "Strong renewal is needed to return to
a form of politics that is a service rather than a source of
individual gain," he said.
In an interview with the Italian version of The Huffington
Post, in its first edition on Tuesday, Berlusconi said that he
would be prepared to support a candidate other than himself to
build a new centre right ahead of parliamentary elections next

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