Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018

Berlusconi reaches deal with League, ready to be Economy Min


Rome, January 7 - Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi
announced Monday that he has reached a deal for his People of
Freedom (PdL) party to resume its alliance with the Northern
League and said he may be economy minister, not prime minister,
if his centre-right bloc wins next month's Italian elections.
In exchange, the PdL is backing League leader Roberto
Maroni's bid to become governor of Lombardy, the region around
Maroni recently told Berlusconi that an alliance would not
be possible if the media magnate were to run for a fourth term
at the helm of government.
"Habemus papam," Berlusconi told RTL radio using the Latin
statement pronounced upon the announcement of a new pope.
"Tonight at 1.30 an agreement was signed between us and the
Northern League.
"Roberto Maroni will be the candidate in Lombardy and I
will be the leader of the moderates (at national level). The
premier will be decided if we win".
Berlusconi added that a possibility would be for PdL
Secretary Angelino Alfano to be premier and he to be economy
minister if the centre right overturns the centre left's big
lead in the polls and prevails next month.
The PdL and the League's long-standing alliance ended
after Berlusconi's third government collapsed in November 2011,
when Italy's debt crisis forced the 76-year-old to resign from
The League were staunch opponents of Premier Mario Monti's
emergency technocrat government from the time it took over
The PdL, meanwhile, backed it until last month.
Although it has recovered recently, the PdL is polling at
under 20%, compared to over 30 for the main centre-left
Democratic Party, and had little chance of winning the elections
without the support of the League.

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