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Silvio Berlusconi confirms new Italy PM bid

8 December 2012 Last updated at 18:31 GMT

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has confirmed he will run for the office again next year.

Mr Berlusconi told reporters in Milan that he was "running to win" - and that his decision came after his People of Freedom party had not found a leader who was as well known as him.

Mr Berlusconi said PM Mario Monti's austerity policies had harmed Italy.

The BBC's Alan Johnston in Rome reports.