Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Berlusconi prefers to be economy minister than premier

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Rome, January 14 - Silvio Berlusconi said Monday
that he prefers to be economy minister, rather than premier, if
the centre right wins next month's general election in Italy
amid controversy about the coalition's failure to say who their
candidate to head the government is.
The uncertainty comes after Berlusconi's People of Freedom
(PdL) party agreed a pact to revive its long-standing alliance
with the Northern League earlier this month.
League leader Roberto Maroni made it a condition of the
agreement that Berlusconi will not take the helm of an Italian
government for the fourth time. The leaders said they will name
a premier after the elections if the centre right prevails.
At the weekend, however, the PdL unveiled a campaign logo
that featured the words 'Berlusconi President'.
This sparked speculation that in reality the 76-year-old
media magnate does want to lead another government, although
Maroni said it referred to the fact that Berlusconi is president
of the PdL.
Berlusconi moved to deflate the polemics on Monday when he
said that the position of premier is not so appealing to him as
it does not carry real power.
"I'd prefer to be economy minister because that's where you
have to work on the great machinery on the state," Berlusconi
said in a telephone call to a programme on his Mediaset TV
network.

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