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Formigoni administration in Lombardy close to collapse

Governor to have talks with PdL, League leaders

11 October, 10:43
Formigoni administration in Lombardy close to collapse (ANSA) - Milan, October 11 - Governor Roberto Formigoni's administration in Lombardy is close to collapse after a series of corruption scandals, including accusations an executive bought votes from the mafia in 2010 regional elections.

Formigoni, a member of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party, is himself under investigation for alleged corruption linked to health sector contracts, making him one of 14 members of the regional executive or assembly to be probed in various cases.

The local branch of populist Northern League, who are allied with the PdL in Lombardy and other northern regions, have said they have withdrawn their support for Formigoni's administration. The future of the regional administration is likely to be settled when the governor has talks with PdL Secretary Angelino Alfano and League chief Roberto Maroni later on Thursday.

"The League (members of the executive) yesterday gave their resignations and I acknowledge that," Formigoni told Mediaset television on Thursday.

"If the League confirm that they are out of the game, we'll either have a complete revamp of the executive or we'll have elections".

League members are among the Lombardy councillors under investigation.