Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi mentioned Wednesday morning he was planning to run for the Senate in Italy’s upcoming common election.
“I feel I’ll run for the Senate, so we’ll make everybody pleased, after receiving stress from so many, even outdoors Forza Italia,” the 85-year-old Berlusconi, who leads the center-right celebration Forza Italia, mentioned on Rai Radio 1 station.
Italy is holding snap elections following the shock collapse of Mario Draghi’s authorities in July. After three events in his coalition — Giuseppe Conte’s populist 5Star Motion, Berlusconi’s Forza Italia and Matteo Salvini’s right-wing League — withdrew their help, Draghi resigned and President Sergio Matteralla referred to as common elections for September 25.
Berlusconi, Italy’s longest-serving prime minister, was a senator solely briefly in 2013, earlier than being barred from holding workplace after receiving a four-year sentence for tax fraud. However in 2018 a court docket lifted the ban, permitting the octogenarian media tycoon to run once more for workplace. He has been an MEP since 2019.
His celebration is operating in coalition with two right-wing events, Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy, which is main within the polls, and Salvini’s League. Collectively, the three are slated to win by a cushty margin, in accordance with POLITICO’s Ballot of Polls.
Concerning the coalition’s candidate for prime minister, Berlusconi mentioned: “We have now all the time mentioned that whoever has probably the most votes will likely be proposed to the top of state because the candidate-premier. Whether it is Giorgia Meloni I’m certain that she’s going to show ample for the troublesome job.”