Silvio Berlusconi says will back protege for Italy PM
AFPROME--Italy's Silvio Berlusconi on Monday said he would back his protege Angelino Alfano to be the next prime minister if the center-right coalition he leads wins next month's general election.
January 16, 2013, 12:00 am TWN
“If we win as a coalition, and I am sure we will, we will indicate Angelino Alfano as candidate for prime minister,” Berlusconi told news channel SkyTG24.
Berlusconi said his coalition ally, the populist Northern League party, agreed with the choice of Alfano, a former justice minister under Berlusconi. Alfano, 42, is national secretary of Berlusconi's People of Freedom party.
In an earlier interview on Monday, Berlusconi said he would prefer being economy minister to being prime minister again.
Monti, who leads a centrist coalition, earlier on Monday referred to Berlusconi as “a pied piper who leads the mice to drown in the river.
“He has already fooled Italians three times,” Monti said in an interview.