Berlusconi to run in 2019's EU elections, EU parliament chief says





Rome - Italy's ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi will stand in next year's elections for the European Parliament, the head of the EU assembly said in a Saturday interview.



 
Berlusconi, 81, was until recently barred from public office due to a tax fraud conviction which he has finished serving. Courts lifted the ban in May.
"I asked him to run in the European [elections]. I think it's right that he should head the [party] list," European Parliament President Antonio Tajani told La Stampa newspaper.
Asked about Berlusconi's response, Tajani said: "I think he intends to run; I think he was very pleased [by the request]."
Berlusconi ran in European Parliament elections in 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009, but nearly every time gave up the right to sit in the assembly, ceding his place to a party colleague.
He was a member of the EU legislature only from 1999 to 2001.
Tajani was named deputy leader of Berlusconi's centre-right Forza Italia on Thursday, and according to La Stampa, was tasked with reviving a party that is slumping in opinion polls.

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Saturday, July 7th 2018
(dpa)
           


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