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Oct 24, 2012 9:28 PM by The Associated Press

Former premier Berlusconi says he won't run

MILAN (AP) - Silvio Berlusoni says he won't run for a fourth term as premier in spring elections.

Berlusconi has until now been coy about his intentions. But the three-time former premier posted a statement on his movement's website Wednesday under the headline: "I won't run for premier."

He indicated, however, that he won't entirely step aside.

Employing a soccer metaphor, the 76-year-old billionaire businessman who also owns AC Milan said: "I will remain alongside younger players who need to play and score goals," noting "I still have good muscles and a bit of a head."

He recommended that his People of Liberty movement hold primaries on Dec. 16 to decide a candidate for premier.

Berlusconi's personal legacy has been tarnished by sex and corruption scandals.

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