1/22, 10:00 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Silvio Berlusconi not running for president

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi announced today that he has decided not to run for president two days before the start of the parliamentary procedure.

Berlusconi held a meeting today with his ministers and collaborators via videoconference to inform them that he was officially renouncing his candidacy to replace Sergio Mattarella as president of the Republic in the election that will begin this Monday.

"I have decided to take another step on the road to national responsibility, asking those who proposed it to renounce indicating my name for the Presidency of the Republic," said Berlusconi.

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