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Berlusconi insists he won't be premier again if his party wins Italian elections

Silvio Berlusconi says he won't be premier again should his conservative party, trailing in opinion polls, win Italian elections next month.

The media mogul told a TV interviewer in Rome on Sunday that his political heir, Angelino Alfano, is his choice for premier. For months, Berlusconi has been coy about whether he wants a fourth term as premier.

Front-runner in polls is center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani. But it appears unlikely he'll win enough votes to govern alone. A potential coalition partner is caretaker Premier Mario Monti, heading a centrist ticket and trailing behind Berlusconi in polls. Monti, an economist appointed in 2011, indicated in a newspaper interview Sunday he might soften his reform which made it easier to fire workers, a move which could please potential left-leaning allies.