ROME (AP) — Premier Silvio Berlusconi has confirmed he won't run again for office and says his hand-picked successor Angelino Alfano will be his party's candidate when Italy holds new elections
Berlusconi on Tuesday promised to resign once parliament passes economic reforms demanded by the European Union to prevent Italy from being swept up further into Europe's debt crisis. It will take a few weeks for both houses to pass the legislation.
Once Berlusconi steps down, President Giorgio Napolitano must begin consultations to form a new government. Berlusconi wants elections in early 2012. He told La Stampa daily: "I won't be a candidate, actually I feel liberated. It's Alfano's turn."