Venerdì, 21 Settembre 2018

'Govt OKs early Lombardy elections' after corruption scandal


Milan, October 19 - Lombardy Governor Roberto
Formigoni said Friday that the Italian government has approved
early elections in his region after he scrapped the executive
when scandals peaked in alleged vote buying from the Calabrian
'Ndrangheta mafia by a regional councillor.
"The government has officially confirmed it agrees with me
that Lombardy should vote as soon as possible, as it would send
a signal of clarity," he said after a meeting at the premier's
offices in Rome.
Formigoni, a member of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's
People of Freedom (PdL) party, did not specify when they would
The PdL leadership is sending mixed signals about whether
he should carry on, with some heavyweights saying regionalist
Northern League leader Roberto Maroni, a former interior
minister, should step in.
Formigoni said Friday he was working with former Milan
mayor and fellow PdL member Gabriele Albertini "to form a
coalition of moderates that could win the elections".
The League has almost as many seats as the PdL in the
regional assembly.
One of its regional councillors is among 14 under
investigation for various cases of alleged graft.
Formigoni is himself being probed for corruption.
Like the others, he denies all wrongdoing.

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