AP, December 8
Rome – Billionaire media baron Silvio Berlusconi, who resigned in disgrace with Italy tottering through the European debt crisis, announced Saturday he was making a comeback and running for a fourth term as premier.
Berlusconi, 76, reluctantly stepped down last year after pressure from international financial markets. He was later convicted of tax fraud and is on trial in Milan for alleged sexual misconduct and abuse of power when he was premier.
An unelected government of technocrats, led by widely respected economist Mario Monti, was appointed to replace him. Opinion polls have seen the popularity of Berlusconi’s Freedom People Party plunge to far below that of Italy’s other large political force, the center-left Democratic Party.
But Berlusconi professed confidence he can achieve victory.
“I’m running to win,” Berlusconi told reporters outside the training facilities of his soccer team AC Milan.