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Berlusconi Says Focused on Protecting Italy, Not Election Law

October 03, 2011

Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said he’s focused on protecting Italy from the fallout of the region’s debt crisis and he’s not interested in a debate on overhauling the country’s election law.

“What’s in my heart at this moment is to continue to work to protect Italy from the attacks on our public debt and from the global financial crisis,” he said in an e-mailed statement.

His government plans to present by the middle of this month a new decree law to “boost the confidence of families and Italian companies,” he said.

Opponents of Berlusconi have managed to secure enough signatures to hold a referendum aimed at repealing the country’s current election law, a move that could prompt early elections.

He said the news media every day “produce only confusion and are demoralizing Italians.”

“I’m not working on any reform of the electoral system,” he said. “The reforms that interest me right now are those of the tax system, the institutional structure of the country and the justice system.”

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