Category: World / January 2, 2013 1:58 PM EST
Silvio Berlusconi, the leader of Italy's centre-right People of Freedom (PDL) party, said on Wednesday (January 2) that outgoing Prime Minister Mario Monti "broke his word" by entering the election race.
76-year-old Berlusconi attacked Monti, saying he took orders from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, while at the same time offering him the leadership of the centre-right.
Berlusconi said in an interview that ‘Monti is no longer credible.’
Berlusconi also said that he could cede the premiership to someone else should his bloc win the election, probably as a way of renewing an alliance with the Northern League party.
Without the Northern League, Berlusconi's bloc trails by more than 16 percent.