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Berlusconi, Salvini reach deal for regional elections


Rome, April 2 - Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi and
Northern League leader Matteo Salvini have reached an agreement
to back each others' candidates in regional elections in Liguria
and Veneto next month.
Berlusconi's centre-right Forza Italia will back the
League's candidate in Veneto, incumbent Governor Luca Zaia.
In exchange, the League is to ask its candidate in Liguria
to drop his bid and is set to back Forza Italia candidate
Giovanni Toti.
The deal has upset sections of both parties, especially
League activists in Liguria.
But Salvini defended the pact on Thursday, saying it would
be impossible to beat the centre-left in Liguria if the League
ran without allies there.
"We have made a sacrifice in Liguria to enlarge the
alliance, to pull off a win," Salvini told his party's Radio
Padania station.
"In Tuscany and Marche we are free. We are running alone
with our candidates and having a go".
Berlusconi's FI has been badly hit by internal strife
recently and has dropped to fourth place in many opinion polls
after being overtaken by the League.
The three-time premier will be hoping the deal will end a
long run of poor showings in local elections over the last two
In Veneto Zaia faces opposition from Verona Mayor Flavio
Tosi, who was ejected from the League last month after a row
with Salvini.

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