17 Apr '11, 12am

Embattled Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi vowed not to quit, even boasting he would live to 120

Embattled Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi vowed not to quit, even boasting he would live to 120

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi gestures as he addresses supporters during a People of Freedom (PDL) party meeting in Rome. -- PHOTO: AP ROME - ITALIAN Premier Silvio Berlusconi on Saturday vowed not to quit, promising to hang in there as long as he's needed. And that could be a long time. He boasted playfully he'll live to 120. Only a few days earlier, at a dinner for foreign correspondents, Mr Berlusconi seemed to be pre-announcing his eventual exit from power, telling the reporters that he has designated his justice minister as political heir, although he held out a role for himself as a kind of father-figure for his conservative Freedom People party. The minister, Angelino Alfano, has designed an overhaul of Italy's justice system that the 74-year-old Mr Berlusconi's critics contend is custom-made to rescue the premier from his legal woes, although the government say...

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