Berlusconi, the Italian founder of the main political party – People of Freedom – announced a few days ago that he will not run in the next legislative election to become prime minister, ending speculation regarding his intentions.
76-year-old Berlusconi, who holds the function of president (an honorary position) of the People of Freedom (PDL) group, proposed internal elections to appoint the future leader of the center-right party, writes Corriere della Sera.
“The love for Italy can lead to stupid situations but also intelligent things. 18 year ago 18, I entered the game, a stupid thing which was not devoid of intelligence, now I prefer to take a step back, because of the same love that motivated me at that time. I’ll not submit a new application to propose me as prime minister (…) “, said Silvio Berlusconi, suggesting that future elections to appoint the leader of PdL could take place on December 16.
Italy, currently headed by technocrat Mario Monti, will most likely see early parliamentary elections in the spring 2013 and PdL remains one of the main political forces in the Peninsula.