Berlusconi says his country needs him and will show that in the forthcoming election

He's been Italy's premier three times. He's a powerful media mogul. And he's considered one of his country's most skilled political campaigners.

But when Silvio Berlusconi appeared on a state TV talk show Tuesday, the question was this: Aren't Italians too tired of you to elect you again?

"Italians will show with their vote " in an election expected in February, he replied.

Berlusconi resigned as premier in 2011 as Italy's debt crisis worsened, making way for economist Mario Monti to take the helm as an appointee.

Opinion polls show support sagging for Berlusconi, but Monti won't say whether he'll run in the election.

So for Italians the political speculation is now a daily occurrence.