Instead, he is throwing his support behind Angelino Alfano, currently head of Berlusconi’s People of Freedom (PdL) party.
The announcements came in the Italian daily La Repubblica.
“If I could, I would give it up now,” Berlusconi told the newspaper. “I am not resigning … but one could want to.”
Berlusconi also used the interview to make negative remarks about Economy Minister Giulio Tremonti, an increasingly isolated figure in the Italian government.
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