Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018
ROME

Berlusconi suggests he will stand in spring elections

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Rome, December 6 - Silvio Berlusconi has suggested
he will stand for a fourth term as Italian premier in next
spring's national elections.
The media magnate said he would retire from front-line
politics after being forced to resign from the helm of
government to make way for Premier Mario Monti's emergency
administration last year, when Italy's debt crisis threatened to
spiral out of control.
But the 76-year-old has changed his mind several times in
recent months after whether to return, with his centre-right
People of Freedom (PdL) party struggling in the opinion polls
and ravaged by internal divisions.
Berlusconi said he was "besieged by requests from the party
to announce as soon as possible my return to politics to guide
the PdL" after a meeting with PdL top-brass on Wednesday.
"Today the situation is worse than it was a year ago when I
left the government out of a sense of responsibility and love
for my country," he said.
"Today Italy is on the verge of the abyss.
"The economy is in dire straits. There are a million more
people unemployed, the national debt is increasing, spending
power is collapsing and the tax burden is at intolerable levels.
"I cannot let the country fall into an endless recessive
spiral".
The PdL was meant to hold a primary on December 16 to
choose its premier candidate but it is now accepted by almost
everyone within the party that this will not happen.

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