14 Apr '11, 11am

Berlusconi tips minister as successor: Mr Alfano enjoyed a legal coup on Wednesday when Italy's lower chamber vo...

Berlusconi tips minister as successor: Mr Alfano enjoyed a legal coup on Wednesday when Italy's lower chamber vo...

Mr Alfano enjoyed a legal coup on Wednesday when Italy's lower chamber voted in favour of his judicial reform bill, which critics have argued has been designed for the express purpose of saving Mr Berlusconi from his legal woes. -- PHOTO: REUTERS ROME - ITALIAN Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is unlikely to seek reelection at the next elections in 2013 and has named a possible successor as incumbent Justice Minister Angelo Alfano. During a private dinner on Tuesday evening with foreign journalists, Mr Berlusconi, 74, told reporters off the record that he would not be standing as a candidate in the next elections - news that was then leaked by the press. 'I could head the list, but I don't want to have an operational role,' the premier told a small group of foreign reporters, adding that the 40-year-old Sicilian justice minister could head up his People of Freedom Party. M...

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