Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says he is ready to run for office if snap election is called in June.
On Saturday, Berlusconi made the remarks as he was speaking to his supporters gathered in a central square in the southern city of Bari, Italy.
“Italians should return to the ballot boxes and vote in June, ” the former Italian prime minister said, adding, “We are ready for another vote, and I will be present as leader of the People of Liberty party and candidate for prime minister. ”
Pier Luigi Bersani, the leader of the center-left Democratic Party, has rejected forming a government with his rival. Bersani received the majority of votes (29.5 percent) in the February 24-25 elections, but not enough to form a majority in parliament. Berlusconi’s center-right alliance finished second with 29.1 percent of votes. And comedian Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment Five Star Movement won 25.5 percent of votes in the elections campaigning on an anti-austerity platform.