Berlusconi: I'm 'Absolutely Not' Running Again

Italian premier confirms he won't seek re-election

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jul 8, 2011 5:05 AM CDT

(Newser) – Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi has repeated his intention not to seek re-election when his term ends in 2013 and suggested it may be time for his chief ally, Umberto Bossi of the Northern League, to step aside, too. Berlusconi said "absolutely not" when asked in an interview in La Repubblica today whether he would run again. Berlusconi said "it's only right" that new generations be prepared to take over and that "sooner or later" he and Bossi will be replaced.

In this June 15, 2011 photo, Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi arrives to the funeral of late Italian senator Romano Comincioli at the Sant'Ambrogio church, in Milan, Italy.
In this June 15, 2011 photo, Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi arrives to the funeral of late Italian senator Romano Comincioli at the Sant'Ambrogio church, in Milan, Italy.   (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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