Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was expelled from parliament for violating an anti- corruption law, ending a 19-year tenure that spanned four recessions that did little to dent his personal popularity.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi ’s government risked unraveling after the co-founder of his ruling party called on the premier to resign and threatened to pull his ministers out of the administration.
Silvio Berlusconi, the 76-year-old billionaire and former Italian prime minister, was found guilty by a Milan court of paying a minor for sex and abusing the power of his office. He was sentenced to seven years although he is unlikely to ever spend a day in jail.
Silvio Berlusconi, the three-time premier who was convicted yesterday of paying a minor for sex, is set to meet Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, underscoring his influence over the two-month-old coalition.
Italian voters, weary of funding scandals and austerity, are getting new-look politicians who aim to please by swimming to Sicily and renouncing sex in a regional election that may shape Prime Minister Mario Monti’s future.
Beppe Grillo’s senators-elect, who hold a blocking minority in Italy’s upper house of parliament, may consider staging a confidence-vote walk-out to allow a political rival to form a government and ease gridlock.