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Berlusconi angles for Italian presidency

2012-05-25 22:01

Rome - Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi appears to be angling for the role of Italian president - with enhanced powers.

Berlusconi, who has been Italy's prime minister three times, said on Friday his party will propose a constitutional amendment to allow Italians to directly elect presidents, as France does.

Currently, the Italian presidency is mostly a ceremonial post, elected to one seven-year term only by both houses of Parliament.

Like France, Berlusconi said, Italy should make the president the top job, chosen by the party that wins the most parliamentary seats in an election and allowed to serve two terms.

Berlusconi said the role of president is not his ambition, "but there are responsibilities that one cannot avoid".

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano's term ends next year.

Comments
  • grant.cloete.9 - 2012-05-25 22:39

    What the hell is this clown still doing in the public spotlight? The fact that he remained Prime Minister for more than 2 years is beyond me, and now he is vying for Presiden?? Italy, you were once great... what happened?

  • George - 2012-05-26 09:20

    Stuff up a once proud country and then offer to lead it into oblivion. Only a syphillitic brain could dream that one up. Where does these genitalia obsessed 'leedas' come from?

  • Maria - 2012-05-26 12:34

    God forbid! In the unlikely event that Berlusconi could get elected President of the Republic would be able to call Brett Murray to get him to do even a portrait.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-26 16:15

      This is an unkind comment to our President. JZ, might do many things wrong, but he does not pay children, 17 year olds, to have sex with him !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Maria - 2012-05-26 16:25

    Sorry Anthony I wouldn't offend your President. Unfortunately my English is not so good. I agree with you that Berlusconi is worse becouse he pays minors . I just wanted to say that Berlusconi would probably have been happy to have a portrait like the one painted by Murroy, since he considers himself a great lover.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-26 18:38

      Sorry Maria, that was a misunderstanding from my side. And, to see these big smiles on these kids faces, is very beautiful, whatever work you do, please keep it up !!

  • Maria - 2012-05-26 22:35

    No problem. I am sure that I did not explain well. Unfortunately, in Italian schools we begin to study English later , so I speak with difficulty. I am a teacher of primary school, but the child in the photo is my nephew, he was adopted from India. Bye Bye

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-27 13:48

      Great. Take care !

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