Former premier Silvio Berlusconi caused another stir in Italian politics on Friday. His People for Freedom Party (PDL) voted to change it’s name back to Forza Italia (GO ITALY).
Berlusconi said the revamped party would support the government of Prime Minister Enrico Letta, just like the PDL did.
The move has deeply divided the country’s political centre-right. PDL Sectretary Angelino Alfano and four other centre right government ministers snubbed Friday’s meeting. Fabrizzio Cicchiotto, one Italian MP from the PDL party believes both Berlusconi and Alfano are needed for the party make-up.
“The problem is not the name but the kind of party. A party like Forza Italia should not only be based on the leadership of Berlusconi but also on the political and innovative management of Angelino Alfano. “
Experts believe the revival of Forza Italia was Berlusconi’s attempt to sideline Angelino Alfano – his former most loyal supporter.
On-lookers fear the latest squabbling could shake the left-right government coalition of Enrico Letta.
Italy is the Eurozone’s third biggest economy still stuck in its longest post war recession.