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Berlusconi mocks Italy's small political parties

Ex-premier says small political groups make him laugh

19 December, 18:46
Berlusconi mocks Italy's small political parties (ANSA) - Rome, December 19 - Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi mocked small political parties in Italy on Wednesday, saying they are essentially powerless.

As Berlusconi, the disgraced founder of the People of Freedom (PdL) political party, attempts a comeback, he told a television chat show that only major parties which can form government have real influence.

"I have to laugh reading (political) programs for small parties," he told Pomeriggio 5, which airs on a Berlusconi-owned television network.

"When I see the various leaders of small parties do their programs I laugh because I know they cannot do anything...only with the majority," is power possible.

And he suggests voters keep that in mind and return a strong majority government in the election expected in late February in early March 2013.

The media magnate has repeatedly changed his position on whether he will stand for a fourth term as Italian premier.

But the wave of television interviews and statements he has suddenly made suggest Berlusconi misses the limelight and wants to return to the political arena.