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Formigoni says no plans to resign

Scandal dogs Lombardy regional government

11 October, 13:07
Formigoni says no plans to resign (ANSA) - Milan, October 11 - Lombardy Governor Roberto Formigoni says he has no plans to resign from his scandal-plagued government.

"I have not made any mistakes," Formigoni said Thursday.

"My region is the only one with the accounts in order". Formigoni was responding to questions posed as his administration appears 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 governor is under pressure from the regionalist Northern League, whose regional councillors said they were quitting Wednesday night to try to force him out.

Formigoni called for "dialogue" with the League Thursday but said he would replace the councillors if it pulled out of the PdL alliance across the north.

League chief Roberto Maroni went into talks Thursday with Formigoni and PdL secretary Angelino Alfano at the Berlusconi party headquarters in Rome.

The League is a major power in the north although its standing has been hit by a scandal earlier this year involving the family of ex-leader and founder Umberto Bossi.