European Parliament President Antonio Tajani would make an excellent prime minister, according to ex-premier and centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi. Tajani is a member of his Forza Italia (FI) party.

“I don’t have political ambitions, I want to win and choose the premier and government team with my allies,” said the 81-year-old leader in an interview to radio Rtl 102.5 on January 25.

Tajani would be a “wonderful choice”, if possible, “highly esteemed at a European level”.

As reported by the Italian news agency ANSA, Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party is running with Matteo Salvini‘s anti-immigrant, anti-euro Northern League and Giorgia Meloni’s small nationalist Brothers of Italy (FdI) party in the national election, which are scheduled to take place on March 4.

Salvini is the League’s premier candidate.

Berlusconi cannot stand because of an office ban, stemming from a tax-fraud conviction, that runs until next year.