Berlusconi's top aide: premier won't quit

AP News
Posted: Sep 18, 2011 7:16 AM
Berlusconi's top aide: premier won't quit

Premier Silvio Berlusconi's top aide says the Italian leader has no desire to quit despite a sex scandal.

Angelino Alfano, who Berlusconi tapped as his successor, told a rally in northern Italy Sunday their conservative party still supports him. He added "the premier has no desire to resign."

Berlusconi insists he'll stay until elections in spring 2013. But the ally keeping him in power, Northern League leader Umberto Bossi, has called that date "too far" away. Bossi's No. 2, Roberto Maroni, says the League will stay in the government as long as Bossi says so.

Italian media have been full of steamy details about Berlusconi's private parties for attractive young women, including the media mogul's reportedly saying he's a "spare time" premier.