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Revamped Forza Italia would poll 9.3%, says opinion poll

PdL in turmoil over scandals, primaries

Revamped Forza Italia would poll 9.3%, says opinion poll

Rome, November 30 - A revived Forza Italia, the party founded by ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi in 1994 and replaced by the larger People of Freedom (PdL) party in 2009, would poll 9.3% in upcoming general elections according to a survey conducted by statistics institute SWG and published Friday. ''The votes for 'Forza Italia 2.0' would all come from the PdL, which would therefore fall to around 4%,'' said SWG President Roberto Weber. The PdL is currently in turmoil over recent local-government scandals and confusion over whether to hold a primary ahead of general elections next spring. Earlier this month there was speculation that Berlusconi was considering relaunching Forza Italia and abandoning its successor, which he co-founded with the then leader of right-wing National Alliance (AN) and current House Speaker Gianfranco Fini, although it is reported that this plan has now been dropped. Party secretary Angelino Alfano was opposed to the idea, instead pressing for a revamp of the PdL. However the party may split anyway because many former members of AN are unhappy about the direction it is taking.

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