Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018

Berlusconi 'will not stand for premiership', League says


Rome, January 8 - Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi,
leader of the centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party, has
pledged not to run for a fourth term in office in upcoming
general elections, the party's principal electoral ally said
''Berlusconi has put in writing that he will not stand as a
candidate for the presidency of the council of ministers,''
regionalist Northern League secretary Roberto Maroni told '24
Mattino', an all-news radio channel owned by Italian business
daily Il Sole 24 Ore.
''It is an act of generosity on his part, it is written
into the agreement, of course,'' he added in reference to
Monday's announcement by Berlusconi of a new alliance with his
former coalition partner.
Part of that deal might entail him passing up the role of
premier and becoming economy minister if they win, the ex-head
of government and media mogul said.
Maroni also said that in the event of election victory by
the PdL-Northern League alliance 75% of taxes would remain in
northern regions.
Italians are due to go to the polls to elect a new
parliament at the end of February.
Currently the centre-left Democratic Party (Pd) is leading
the polls, although the PdL has recently begun to gain ground
lost in a series of local government corruption scandals last
Technocrat premier Mario Monti, who was brought in to
replace Berlusconi at the peak of the euro crisis in November
2011, has also decided to throw his hat into the ring with
support from smaller centraist parties.
Monti is currently polling third, a shade ahead of ex-comic
Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment Five Star Movement, which has
lost ground.

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