Prodi to return to Italy 'as soon as possible'

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Prodi to return to Italy 'as soon as possible'

(see related stories) Rome, April 19 - Two-time Italian premier Romano Prodi has said he will return to Italy from Africa as soon as possible after the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) decided to make him its candidate to be the next president on Friday. Prodi is currently serving as the United Nations Special Envoy for the Sahel. "I'll arrive as soon as I can," the PD's governor of Liguria, Claudio Burlando, quoted Prodi as saying in a telephone conversation. "I managed to contact him as soon as he turned his phone on," Burlando told ANSA. "He said he should be able to return from Africa tomorrow morning".

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