By Sophie Tanno For Mailonline
Published: 16:57 GMT, 12 November 2019 | Updated: 18:48 GMT, 12 November 2019
Former Italian Minister for Equal Opportunity and ex topless model Mara Carfagna is challenging former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi for control of Forza Italia.
Mara Carfagna, 43, is pushing ahead with her bid to topple Mr Berlusconi, 83, after he decided to form an alliance with the country's far-right League party, fronted by anti-migrant leader Matteo Salvini.
Cafagna said she would try to preserve Forza Italia as a 'centre-left' party that does not incite 'hatred and intolerance.'
Former Italian Minister for Equal Opportunity and topless model Mara Carfagna (pictured in July) is challenging former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi for control of Forza Italia
Mara Carfagna (pictured in 1997, left, and 2004, right) worked as a glamour model before entering politics in 2006