“Italy needs unity.” Berlusconi drops out of presidential race

“I have decided to take another step on the path of national responsibility by asking those who proposed it to refrain from putting my name on the presidency of the republic. I will continue to serve my country in a different way, as I have done in recent years, as a political leader and as a member of the European Parliament,” he wrote.

The politician thanked “many thousands of Italians” who supported him after the information about the nomination for the presidency of Italy.

“Putting the collective interest above any personal motives, I, along with my family and the leaders of my political movement, have given a lot of thought to the proposal received. Italy today needs unity, beyond the difference between the majority and the opposition, around efforts to fight a very serious public health emergency. to bring the country out of the crisis,” Berlusconi explained.

He also supported the country’s Prime Minister Mario Drag and expressed the opinion that “the current government should continue the necessary process of reforms relating to taxation, justice, bureaucracy.”



Context:

Berlusconi is 85 years old. He headed the Italian government four times: from 1994 to 1995, from 2001 to 2005, from 2005 to 2006 and from 2008 to 2011. In 2019, he was once again elected to the Italian Parliament and became a member of the European Parliament.

In recent years, Berlusconi has often been ill. So, in 2016, Berlusconi moved heart surgery, in 2019 – on the intestines. In September 2020, the politician was ill with coronavirus infection COVID-19, spent isolated ward “San Rafael” 10 days. Then he has diagnosed with pneumonia, Berlusconi called this period the most dangerous test in life.

After suffering a coronavirus infection, he was hospitalized several times, writes ANSA due to the effects of COVID-19. In particular, in January 2020, Berlusconi hospitalized in Monaco due to heart problems, and in March and April – for inspections and research.

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