The Malta Independent 24 June 2019, Monday

Berlusconi's back: to run for Euro parliament after ban lifted

Thursday, 17 January 2019, 16:25 Last update: about 6 months ago

Silvio Berlusconi is back. Again.

The three-time Italian premier, who has made a career out of rebounding from legal woes, personal scandal, heart trouble and political setbacks, is running for the European Parliament in May elections.

The 82-year-old Berlusconi announced his candidacy with his center-right Forza Italia party Thursday in Sardinia. He said he wanted to "bring my voice to a Europe that should change, a Europe that has lost profound thinking about the world."

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Berlusconi had been barred from running for public office for nearly five years due to a tax fraud conviction. Citing his good conduct, a court last year ruled that he could once again run.

Berlusconi's Forza Italia, which dominated Italian politics for a quarter-century, is now polling in single digits behind the League and 5-Stars.

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