Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Berlusconi 'apologises' to Italian people

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Rome, November 5 - Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi has
apologised over the disappointing legacy of his last government.
Media-magnate Berlusconi was forced to resign as prime
minister last year when Italy's debt crisis threatened to spiral
out of control and he made way for Premier Mario Monti's
emergency technocrat administration.
"I thought (I'd better) say sorry to the Italian people
because I didn't manage to do it (what I set out to achieve),"
he said in an interview with TV presenter and journalist Bruno
Vespa in a book, Il Palazzo e la Piazza, that will come out
Thursday.
"The (economic) crisis wiped out our efforts, although we
left (power) with unemployment at its lowest level of the last
20 years".
The comments have met some surprise as Berlusconi usually
staunchly defends his record in politics and has been reluctant
to admit failings in the past.
The 76-year-old said he has decided not to seek a fourth
term in elections next year in order to make it easier for his
People of Freedom (PdL) party to find allies in the centre of
Italy's political spectrum.
He also backed PdL Secretary Angelino Alfano, who is set to
run in the primaries to select the party's premier candidate for
next spring's elections, after reports of a rift.
Berlusconi described Alfano as the "coolest guy on the
block".

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