Rome, October 26 - Two-time Italian premier Romano Prodi on Friday reiterated his doubts about whether his old rival Silvio Berlusconi has really retired from front-line politics. Berlusconi ended months of speculation on Wednesday when he said he would not run for a fourth term as premier in elections next spring as the candidate for his centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party. "There are some ways to retire and there are other ways. I retired," said Prodi, who stepped out of the political limelight after the collapse of his 2006-2008 administration. "We'll see," he added when asked if he expected surprises from Berlusconi. Prodi, the former president of the European Commission, led centre-left coalitions to victory over Berlusconi in elections in Italy in 1996 and 2006. Earlier this month he was appointed as United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's special envoy for the Sahel.
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