Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi announces comeback bid
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has ended weeks of speculations by announcing that he will run for national elections expected in March next year.
The 76-year-old billionaire abruptly resolved months of speculation about his political ambitions and a week of intense meetings with key allies in Rome and Milan by telling reporters he would seek a new term as prime minister.
"I am coming back out of a sense of responsibility," Berlusconi told reporters outside his AC Milan football club, adding: "I am running to win."
According to the Telegraph, but Berlusconi's first challenge is to convince his own bitterly divided People of Freedom Party (PdL) after he gave reporters a damning appraisal of its leader Angelino Alfano, once considered his protege, saying he was not ready to lead the party.
"Everyone was of the opinion we wanted a leader like a 'Berlusconi of 1994' but there was no one," he said in a reference to his own first term as prime minister, adding: "And it's not that we haven't looked. We have looked."
Many commentators believe the veteran politician has re-entered politics to steer attention away from his legal troubles, the report said.
According to the report, he is appealing a tax fraud conviction and is also on trial over charges he paid for sex with an under-age prostitute at his 'bunga bunga' parties, in the so-called 'Ruby' trial.