Silvio Berlusconi pledges to create jobs (again) and jokes about his hair transplants, in bid for election victory

Mr Berlusconi has co-opted the hardline language of the League, with whom he is allied, warning that there are half a million unauthorised migrants in Italy and that they represent “a social bomb” waiting to explode.

He cannot become prime minister again because of a conviction for tax fraud that bans him from holding public office, but he is determined to be the power behind the throne if, as seems likely, his alliance wins the most votes in the March 4 election.

The bloc, which consists of his Forza Italia party, the hard-Right, anti-immigrant League and a small far-Right party called Brothers of Italy, is expected to take 35 per cent of the vote, trumping its closest rival, the Five Star Movement.


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