Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Berlusconi reconsidering decision not to stand

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Rome, November 26 - Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi
confirmed on Monday that he was contemplating another election
bid, in the latest in a series of vacillations about whether he
is withdrawing from Italian politics.
The uncertainty has thrown his People of Freedom (PdL)
party into turmoil as members still do not know whether a
primary to select a premier candidate for next year's national
elections will take place on December 16.
PdL Secretary Angelino Alfano, who is one of six candidates
set to run in the primary, has said the selection process will
be redundant if Berlusconi decides to stand for a fourth term as
Italian premier.
"We are evaluating the situation. We will also see what
happens with the other side," Berlusconi told one of his
Mediaset TV channels on Monday, referring to the centre-left
primaries.
The centre-left candidate will be chosen next week in a
runoff between Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani, 61,
and 37-year-old Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi, the two candidates
who came top in the first round of the primary on Sunday.
Berlusconi said he hoped Renzi, who is presenting himself
as a modernizer, becomes the centre-left candidate.
The media magnate, who resigned as premier a year ago to
make way for Premier Mario Monti's emergency administration when
Italy's debt crisis threatened to spiral out of control, added
that the party executive will decide about whether the PdL will
have a primary.
There has been speculation Berlusconi is thinking about
relaunching his old centre-right party, Forza Italia, and
abandoning its successor, the People of Freedom Party (PDL),
which he co-founded in 2007.
The PdL, the biggest party in parliament at the moment, has
dropped to third in the opinion polls after a series of
corruption scandals hitting top centre-right politicians in Rome
and Milan.
Berlusconi, meanwhile, was convicted in October of
involvement in an off-shore tax evasion scheme at Mediaset, and
he is on trial for allegedly paying for sex with an underage
prostitute.

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