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Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has given up his position as prime ministerial candidate for the Italian centre-right in order to secure an alliance with the Northern League, the party's leader Roberto Maroni said on Monday.
“Silvio Berlusconi has accepted (our) request not to run as premier,” Maroni said in a televised press conference in Milan. “I am satisfied and grateful for this gesture,” he added.
Whereas Berlusconi has proposed Angelino Alfano, the secretary of his People of Freedom (PDL) party, as premier, Maroni backed Giulio Tremonti, former economy minister in the government Berlusconi led during 2008-2011.
Monday's deal also foresees the PDL endorsing Maroni as lead candidate in regional elections in Lombardy and letting northern Italian regions retain 75 per cent of the taxes they collect, the Northern League leader said. - Sapa-dpa