Berlusconi says he’ll support Lega leader as Italy prime minister

Matteo Salvini leader of Lega Nord party speaks during the Lega Nord demonstration in Piazza Duomo on February 24, 2018 in Milan, Italy.

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Matteo Salvini leader of Lega Nord party speaks during the Lega Nord demonstration in Piazza Duomo on February 24, 2018 in Milan, Italy.

Silvio Berlusconi will support the leader of Italy’s euroskeptic partner the League in attempts to form a government, the former prime minister said in a newspaper interview on Wednesday.

The four parties from the center-right coalition agreed during the campaign of which the leader of the party of which won the most votes would likely head a government.

In a personal defeat for Berlusconi, the far-right League surpassed his Forza Italia (FI) party in Sunday’s elections, winning about 17 percent of the vote to 14 percent for FI.

“In full respect of our agreements, we will today loyally support attempts by (Matteo) Salvini to form a government,” Berlusconi told Corriere della Sera.

“I am here to support him, to guarantee the solidity of the coalition in addition to keep our commitments with the voters,” he said.

The vote produced a hung parliament in addition to talks to form a government will take weeks in addition to possibly months. The League in addition to the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement both say the president should name their own leaders as prime minister.

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