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Berlusconi's party opens to new pact with Northern League

PdL urging ex-premier so stand again, says Alfano

Berlusconi's party opens to new pact with Northern League

(ANSA) - Rome, August 9 - Angelino Alfano, the secretary of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom party, said on Thursday that the centre-right group may forge a new alliance with the devolutionist Northern League in next year's elections. Alfano said on Rai television he believed the "conditions for an alliance with the Northern League" existed. "It would be a mistake for the differences between the League and the Pdl party to lead to a centre-left victory in the north, not least because we are talking about a left wing movement that has serious anti-business prejudices," he added. The PdL and the League were government allies until Berlusconi was forced to resign in November and make way for Premier Mario Monti's emergency administration of technocrats. But they split when the PdL decided to back Monti's government, while the League became its staunchest critics. Alfano added that the PdL were urging Berlusconi to drop any doubts he had about running for a fifth term as premier next year. The media magnate said he would not stand again after resigning in November, but party bigwigs recent indicated he was reconsidering. Political analysts have said the Pdl party would not be able to achieve victory next year without the support of the populist Northern League party, which has been hit by a party funding scandal.

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