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Berlusconi says he may resurrect Forza Italia

Ex-premier says PdL split could be good thing

Berlusconi says he may resurrect Forza Italia

(see related stories) Rome, December 11 - Silvio Berlusconi said Tuesday that it could be a good thing if his People of Freedom (PdL) party splits, adding that he may resurrect his old party Forza Italia. The centre-right PdL is ravaged by rifts, with many senior figures unhappy that, among other things, Berlusconi has cancelled a primary, dropped plans to retire from front-line politics and decided to run for a fourth term as Italian premier in upcoming elections. Many of the voices of dissent come from former members of the right-wing National Alliance (AN) party, which merged with Berlusconi's Forza Italia party to form the PdL in 2009. He said a split would not necessarily be damaging as long as the breakaway group stayed allied with the group loyal to Berlusconi. "The current electoral law compares the coalitions and counts up all the votes of the parties that form them (before giving extra seats to the winning alliance)," Berlusconi told one of his Mediaset TV channels. "If the former AN members started their own political group we'll have advantages. We are talking about it in a friendly way with great esteem. "If this happened the veto on the PdL changing its name would elapse. We could propose another name to our executive. "Or we would keep this name with a different symbol, the glorious one of Forza Italia used in 1994 (for Berlusconi's victorious debut election campaign)". Berlusconi added that only 10% of PdL MPs would stand again at the elections, which are expected to take place in February after the PdL withdrew its support from Monti's emergency technocrat executive last week. He said 50% would come from the world of business, 20% from local government and another 10% from the world of culture.

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