Marina Berlusconi rules out political career
Denies reports set to take father's place at division-hit party28 October, 11:09
Media speculation had been intense that Marina Berlusconi could take over the division-hit group since her father announced Friday that he had suspended the activities of his People of Freedom (PdL) party in view of the relaunch of FI.
Three-time premier Silvio Berlusconi looks set to be stripped of his Senate seat next month after the supreme court upheld a tax-fraud conviction against him and he is ineligible to head party lists at future elections.
The centre-right group is in danger of splitting between pro-government doves, led by Interior Minister and Deputy Premier Angelino Alfano, and hawks who are keen to see the party break off its unnatural alliance with Premier Enrico Letta's centre-left Democratic Party (PD).
"I have never had, and do not have, any intention of being engaged in politics," said Marina Berlusconi, the 47-year-old chairwoman of the Berlusconi family holding company, Fininvest.
She described the reports of her being set to start a political career as "rumours and journalistic reconstructions that are far from any minimal connection with reality". "Once again I'm forced to issue a denial and in the most comprehensive way possible," she added.