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Ferrari boss in rethink on throwing hat into political ring

02 November, 12:52
Ferrari boss in rethink on throwing hat into political ring (ANSA) - Rome, November 2 - Ferrari boss Luca de Montezomolo has hinted he might rethink his recent No to stepping into the political ring after April elections.

In an interview, Montezemolo did not rule out accepting a request to be premier if that served to "unite" conservatives who have lost their main rallying point because of turmoil in ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party.

He said the time for uniting conservatives and "regenerating politics" after a string of scandals that has deepened public disaffection with traditional parties was "now or never again".

Current technocrat Premier Mario Monti has also said he might serve again if the elections ended in a tied parliament.

The centre-left Democratic Party (PD) is polling at around 27% compared to comedian Beppe Grillo's Five Star protest movement's 18% and the PdL's 13% but the PD is facing a choice between centrist and leftist allies to pin its hopes on forming a government coalition.

The Five Star movement scored the heaviest in Sicily elections last weekend where a PD governor was elected in alliance with the centrist UDC and the PdL plunged to less than a quarter of its previous support.