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Berlusconi Says He Won’t Run in Next Italian Elections

November 29, 2011

Nov. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said that he won’t run in Italy’s next elections and praised the new leader of his People of Liberty party, Angelino Alfano.

Alfano is “transparent,” “smart” and “determined,” and has the qualities to lead Italy’s center-right political bloc, Berlusconi said during a book presentation in Rome today. He said that his PDL party and the Northern League will run together in the next elections both national and local.

Berlusconi said that his decision to support a technocratic government led by Mario Monti was “necessary” and “wise.” Going to elections then wasn’t an option because “it would damage the country” and the PDL would have lost, he said.

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