Lunedì, 15 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Berlusconi would back Draghi to be Italian president

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Rome, January 15 - Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi
said Tuesday that his People of Freedom (PdL) party would vote
to have European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi named Italian
President if he were among the possible candidates.
Former Bank of Italy governor Draghi became ECB president
in November 2011 and he has widely been credited with saving the
euro by announcing plans last year to support the bonds of
states facing soaring borrowing costs.
"Absolutely yes," Berlusconi told La7 television when asked
if he would back Draghi to become Italy's head of state.
"If there were a majority (in parliament) that proposed
him, I'd vote for him".
Berlusconi, who is leading the centre right's campaigning
ahead of next month's general election but has said he would
like to be economy minister if the coalition wins, dismissed
speculation that he wanted to become Italian president one day.
"I've never had the ambition of being Italian president,"
the three-time Italian premier said.
The seven-year term of Italian President Giorgio Napolitano
is coming to an end and the current head of state has said he
will not seek another.

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