Napoli, Italia - 22 gennaio 2013: Nicola Cosentino, il leader campano del Pdl escluso dalle liste elettorali e a rischio carcere per concorso esterno in associazione mafiosa, convoca una conferenza stampa all'Hotel Excelsior a Napoli, il 22 gennaio 2013.NAPLES, ITALY - 22 JANUARY 2013: Nicola Cosentino (53), regional coordinator of Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom party and former undersecretary of the Ministry of Economy of the Berlusconi IV Cabinet, holds a press conference the day after he was excluded from the lists of candidates for the 2013 Italian general elections, at the Hotel Excelsior in Naples, on January 22 2013. Nicola Cosentino, investigated over Mafia association in the Campania region, clashed with national coordinator of the party Denis Verdini and secretary Angelino Alfano. Cosentino stresses that the decision was taken at the last moment to avoid his retaliation. Silvio Berlusconi admitted that leaving his “best friends” out was difficult but stated it was necessary for political reasons: “we will now regain two and a half million votes, mostly in the north”. In 2010 Naples’ anti-mafia magistrates commission sent to the Italian Chamber of Deputies the request for the arrest for Cosentino, but the Chamber’s commission refused. In 2010 Cosentino was also involved in a scandal related to wind energy systems in Sardinia, which led to the discovery of the so-called nuova P2 or P3 (“new Propaganda 2 or P2″) . The P2 was a secret masonic lodge of the 1970s-early 1980s, of which Berlusconi was then a member.
A general election to determine the 630 members of the Chamber of Deputies and the 315 elective members of the Senate, the two houses of the Italian parliament, will take place on 24–25 February 2013. The main candidates running for Prime Minister are Pierluigi Bersani (leader of the centre-left coalition "Italy. Common Good"), former PM Mario Monti (leader of the centrist coalition "With Monti for Italy") and former PM Si
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