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Berlusconi ready to stand for premier if Italy votes again

Center-right leader feels 'huge responsibility'

Berlusconi ready to stand for premier if Italy votes again

Rome, March 25 - Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi said on Monday that he would be willing to stand in elections if Italians returned to the polls to break the political deadlock gripping the country since the inconclusive February 24-25 election. "I feel a huge responsibility," Berlusconi said in an interview on morning news show La Telefonata broadcast on his Canale 5 (owned by Mediaset). On Saturday, Berlusconi told supporters at a rally in Rome that he was ready for a snap vote. His rival, center-left coalition and Democratic Party (PD) leader Pier Luigi Bersani began work over the weekend to form a government after being handed the mandate by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on Friday. PD leaders have so far refused a broad coalition involving Berlusconi and his center-right People of Freedom (PdL) party.

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