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Italian Industry min' critical of possible Berlusconi return

Country must give impression of 'moving forward', says Passera

06 December, 10:52
Italian Industry min' critical of possible Berlusconi return (see related story) (ANSA) - Rome, December 6 - Italian Industry Minister Corrado Passera on Thursday said it would not be positive if ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi decided to stand for a fourth term at the helm of government in next spring's national elections.

"Anything that can make the rest of world, our partners, imagine that we are turning back is not a good thing for Italy," Passera told state broadcaster Rai.

"We have to give the impression that the country is moving forward". Passera is a senior member of Premier Mario Monti's emergency government of unelected technocrats, which came to power last year when Berlusconi was forced to resign as prime minister with Italy's debt crisis threatening to spiral out of control.

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