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Ability to buy votes factor in Berlusconi's return - Saviano

Ex-premier set to run for fourth term

Ability to buy votes factor in Berlusconi's return - Saviano

(see related stories) Rome, December 7 - Anti-Mafia writer Roberto Saviano said Friday that the ability to buy votes in Italy was a factor in ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's decision to run for a fourth term in the upcoming general national elections. "Berlusconi's return is partly founded on the fact that a part of the vote in Italy can be bought," Saviano told a radio show. Saviano is best known for his writings exposing the Naples mafia, the Camorra. His 2006 best-seller Gomorrah triggered death threats from the mob and forced the state to give him round-the-clock police protection. The book has been turned into a critically acclaimed film which won second prize at Cannes and five European Film Awards in 2008.

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