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Berlusconi says should have brought down Monti earlier

'Maybe we made a mistake,' says ex-premier

20 December, 18:57
Berlusconi says should have brought down Monti earlier

(ANSA) - Rome, December 20 - Silvio Berlusconi said Thursday that it may have been a mistake for his People of Freedom (PdL) party not to have brought down Premier Mario Monti's government before it did.

The PDL backed Monti's emergency technocrat administration, which came in after Berlusconi was forced to resign as premier last year when Italy's debt crisis threatened to spiral out of control, until two weeks ago.

Berlusconi announced he had dropped plans to retire from front-line politics and would stand for a fourth term as premier at upcoming elections after the PdL stopped backing the government.

Shortly after Monti said he would resign from office once the 2013 budget law is approved.

"Maybe we were wrong, but we thought Italy's situation was too serious to bring down the technocrat government," Berlusconi said on Italian radio.

"Maybe we made a mistake".