Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has reportedly decided to come back to power after he was stepped down last fall, Press TV reports.
Berlusconi made an informal announcement about his decision during a private party in Rome on Wednesday and some senior members of People of Liberty Party confirmed it on Thursday.
Four months ago, he said he would not stand as prime minister again but he would campaign for People of Liberty Party secretary Angelino Alfano.
Some suspect that the pungent remarks made by Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti about his predecessor on Wednesday triggered Berlusconi to announce his comeback.
Monti said that Berlusconi was put under high pressure by some international leaders, close to experiencing humiliation, during last November's G20 meeting.
“I believe that it was no coincident that Monti made that unpleasant remark about Berlusconi. Some fear Berlusconi’s comeback intends to rebrand the party and take it back to its roots,” Senator from People of Liberty Party Domenico Gramazio told Press TV.
Lawmaker from Future and Liberty Party Enzo Raisi also called Berlusconi’s comeback “disastrous.”
“Now Italy is restoring its credibility at European and international level,” he said.
Berlusconi is still on trial for paying for sex with a teenage alleged prostitute and for corruption. Monti, who is an economist, has ruled out running for office when his term ends in 2013.