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Bossi does not 'believe' Berlusconi is quitting

Former ally says Northern League to go alone at elections

Bossi does not 'believe' Berlusconi is quitting

(see related story) Rome, October 25 - Umberto Bossi, the former head of the Northern League, expressed doubts on Thursday about his old ally Silvio Berlusconi's announcement that he would take a back seat from front-line politics and not run at next year's elections. "No, I don't believe it," said Bossi when asked about Berlusconi not standing for a fourth term as premier. He added that Berlusconi's announcement was unlikely to lead to the League patching up its alliance with Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party. The League and the PdL broke off their long-standing coalition last year, when Berlusconi decided to support Premier Mario Monti's emergency technocrat government after the financial crisis caused his administration to collapse. "We've decided to run alone anyway," said Bossi, who was forced to step down as leader of the pro-devolution League because of a corruption scandal earlier this year.

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