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Bossi denies launching new party

12/04/2013

'Party? We're starting a newspaper' League founder tells ANSA

Bossi denies launching new party

Rome, April 12 - Umberto Bossi, the former head of the regionalist Northern League, told ANSA on Friday he did not file papers to launch a new political party. "What are you talking about? People are running their mouths too much," he said, denying earlier reports. Sources had said he was visiting a notary with his wife and faithful political supporters to launch a new party on Friday. Bossi, who spearheaded the movement in the 1980s that would become the Northern League, said they were filing papers to launch a newspaper "devoted to northern identity". "There's no party," he said. "Spreading northern culture is part of my role in the League". Bossi stepped down as Northern League chief in April last year amid a corruption probe but was given the honorary title of president as Roberto Maroni, now the governor of Lombardy, took over the party leadership. (photo: Roberto Maroni, left, and Umberto Bossi)