Italy PM: early vote possible if majority too thin

ROME — Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi conceded Thursday that early elections may be necessary if his slim majority in parliament is unworkable and that he would decide in January.
At an end-of-the-year press conference, Berlusconi also said that if his term finishes on schedule in 2013 he'd rather sit it out and let other conservative leaders run.
The 74-year-old Berlusconi said the job was too great a sacrifice and that he was convinced there were new conservative leaders who were "absolutely capable of becoming premier."
Berlusconi, who squeaked through a no-confidence vote last week after two years of personal scandal and political infighting, added that he would bar all of his five children from entering politics.
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