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Berlusconi rules out ministry post in new government

April 26, 2013 at 8:41 AM

ROME, April 26 (UPI) -- People of Freedom Party leader Silvio Berlusconi said he wouldn't be a minister in the government being formed by Democratic Party leader Enrico Letta.

Berlusconi, three-time prime minister and media mogul, said recently re-elected President Giorgio Napolitano expected "the new generation and a significant presence of women" in the reform government he asked Letta to form last week, ANSA reported Friday.

"If I had been needed I would have been available but I prefer it this way," Berlusconi said.

He said "my people were very encouraged" after meeting with Letta Thursday.

An 18-member team, which includes members of the People of Freedom and Democratic parties, is expected to be sworn in during the weekend and win confidence votes in Parliament early next week.

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