Silvio Berlusconi May Not Run for Parliament Again

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Silvio Berlusconi

Despite the controversies surrounding the billionaire media mogul, who was ousted as Italian Prime Minister in November, he would likely be a shoo-in to win back his seat in the next election.

ROME – Billionaire media mogul Silvio Berlusconi, who was ousted as Italian Prime Minister on Nov. 12, may not run for parliament again when national elections are held again, members of his People of Liberty political party say.

Since stepping down as prime minister, Berlusconi has largely avoided the spotlight: focusing on his Mediaset broadcast and film empire, though he did make a surprise appearance at the Rome premiere of Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, which is being distributed in Italy by Mediaset subsidiary Medusa.

Even though Berlusconi resigned as prime minister, he remains a member of parliament.

The next elections are not scheduled until 2013, though there is a possibility that if the current technocratic government headed by former European Commissioner Mario finishes its work early, elections could be called before then.

If Berlusconi indeed decides against running for re-election in parliament in the next election it would mark the final chapter in the 75-year-old’s political career, which started in 1994 when he used the influence of his television empire to sweep into power as prime minister.

The party officials did not say why Berlusconi was unlikely to stand for re-election to parliament. Despite the personal, political, and legal controversies swirling around him, he would likely be a shoo-in to win back his seat.

But even if he is out of parliament, it is unlikely Berlusconi will remain out of the spotlight: his three Mediaset networks and other media holdings give him a natural platform. And even without him, People of Liberty remains the largest single voting block in parliament.

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