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Alfano says he will continue to campaign for PdL primaries

will keep going until he hears that Berlusconi is back

Alfano says he will continue to campaign for PdL primaries

Rome, November 27 - Angelino Alfano said Tuesday that he will continue to campaign to win the primary for the People of Liberty (PdL) party until he knows for certain what former party leader Silvio Berlusconi intends to do. The PdL was thrown into chaos on the weekend when Berlusconi, former Italian premier, once again changed directions in his on-again, off-again campaign to run the party and stand for re-election. If Berlusconi does decide to make a comeback, the PdL primaries set for December 16 to select the party's candidate as premier candidate for next year's national elections will be unnecessary. Alfano, PdL secretary and heir apparent to Berlusconi, says he'll continue to campaign unless he hears that his former boss is definitely returning. "I am for the unity of our party and I'm working on this and I am convinced that this is the right track," said Alfano, who is one of six candidates set to run in the primary. But if Berlusconi does return, it will launch a "profound renewal" of the party, he added. There has been speculation Berlusconi is thinking about relaunching his old centre-right party, Forza Italia, and abandoning its successor, the PdL, which he co-founded in 2007. The PdL, the biggest party in parliament at the moment, has dropped to third in the opinion polls after a series of corruption scandals hitting top centre-right politicians in Rome and Milan. Berlusconi, meanwhile, was convicted in October of involvement in an off-shore tax evasion scheme at Mediaset, and he is on trial for allegedly paying for sex with an underage prostitute.

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