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Berlusconi Seen Poised for Comeback to Help Renzi After Vote

  • Ex-premier could help Renzi stay in power if referendum fails
  • Allies would push electoral reform before early Italian ballot
Silvio Berlusconi.

Silvio Berlusconi.

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Silvio Berlusconi may try to stage yet another comeback to prop up a weakened Matteo Renzi if the Italian prime minister loses a referendum on constitutional reform next month, according to a senior official from Berlusconi’s party.

The former prime minister would consider helping Renzi to push a separate electoral reform through parliament if the premier stays in office despite a “No” vote on Dec. 4 and is genuinely open to working with one of his predecessors, said the official from Forza Italia, who asked not to be named discussing strategy. Renzi will need the votes of Berlusconi’s group to get electoral reform through the Senate, the official said.