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Berlusconi 'may run again' after referendum

Aging ex-premier blames judiciary for health problems

Berlusconi 'may run again' after referendum

Rome, November 28 - Former center-right premier Silvio Berlusconi said at the weekend he will decide whether or not to run for office again after a December 4 referendum on constitutional reform. "We need to wait a while longer and then I'll decide - it will be after December 4," the 80-year-old media mogul told reporters on Sunday after leaving Milan's San Raffaele Hospital following a medical checkup. The elderly tycoon, who had open-heart surgery to replace a faulty aortic valve in June and who has been convicted of tax evasion, blamed his heart condition on "indignation" over his long-running problems with the law. "I've on trial 73 times in 22 years," he said, adding he's had "3,600 court hearings". The former premier also said a December 4 referendum on the center-left government's constitutional reform law "won't change anything" and accused supporters of a 'Yes' vote on that referendum of "spreading lies" about the possible consequences of a 'No' victory. Analysts say a 'No' victory would cause market turbulence and endanger Italy's frail recovery. "No such thing will happen," Berlusconi told supporters, adding a new general election will be held following an "agreement" to amend the current 'Italicum' electoral law.

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