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Renzi says no discussion with Berlusconi of justice measures

Premier-designate meets with political parties on new government

19 February, 15:01
Renzi says no discussion with Berlusconi of justice measures (See related) (ANSA) - Rome, February 19 - Premier-designate Matteo Renzi said Wednesday that Silvio Berlusconi, the three-time ex-premier facing several criminal cases, did not ask for any particular justice measures when the pair met earlier in the day.

Renzi has been holding a series of meetings with political parties, including Berlusconi's centre-right Forza Italia (FI), as he prepares to form a new coalition government.

Renzi said his meeting with Berlusconi was "civil, respectful and I consider it of great value that the rules (of the new government) are written together".

But the leader of the Democratic Party (PD) said that there was no discussion with the FI leader on justice measures.

However, justice issues were on the table when Renzi met with the New Centre Right (NCD) leader Angelino Alfano, the outgoing deputy premier and a former colleague of Berlusconi.

The NCD split from Berlusconi's revived FI late last year when it rejected the three-time premier's bid to scupper the previous government of Enrico Letta after his PD insisted on a Senate ban for the media magnate after a tax-fraud conviction.

Berlusconi still faces other criminal proceedings including his appeal of his conviction for having sex with an under-aged prostitute and abuse of office to cover up the affair, while a trial is under way on allegations he was involved in bribing another politician to switch parties to support Berlusconi.