Berlusconi debating whether to run, Formigoni says

'Perhaps time for a new personality, different party'

Berlusconi debating whether to run, Formigoni says

(ANSA) - Milan, October 5 - Lombardy Governor Roberto Formigoni on Friday said that former premier Silvio Berlusconi was debating whether or not to run in upcoming elections. "He's reflecting," said Formigoni, a member of the media magnate's People of Freedom (PdL) party and close confidant. Formigoni added that Berlusconi was even considering leaving the option open to someone outside his party, which has recently been hit by a series of scandals, culminating in the arrest Tuesday of Lazio caucus leader Franco Fiorito for alleged embezzlement. "(Berlusconi) looked intent to analyze every possible scenario, ready to take a step back if it meant supporting a group of moderates with a different personality from his and the PdL," said Formigoni. "He'll decide based on what's good for the country". Polls currently give the opposition Democratic Party (PD) a clear lead over the centre-right PdL with comedian Beppe Grillo's Five Star protest movement third.

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