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Aide says Berlusconi will not quit

ROME — Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s top aide said the Italian leader has no desire to quit despite a sex scandal.

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

Mr. Berlusconi insists he will 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. Mr. Bossi’s No. 2, Roberto Maroni, says the league will stay in the government as long as Mr. Bossi says so.

From wire dispatches and staff reports