ITALIAN SENATE PANEL RECCOMENDS BERLUSCONI EXPULSION

AN ITALIAN SENATE PANEL ON FRIDAY RECCOMENDED THAT FORMER PRIME MINISTER SILVIO BERLUSCONI BE EXPELLED FROM PARLIAMENT, PAVING THE WAY FOR A FINAL DECISION THAT COULD DETERMINE HIS POLITICAL FATE.

The recommendation was taken by a cross-party committee of 23 Senators.It will have to be ratified later this month by a vote of the full Senate, where Berlusconi’s supporters are also in a minority, before he loses his seat.

Berlusconi did not attend the hearing, denouncing the procedure as a maneuver by his political enemies to remove him.

It has been quite a disastrous week for the 77-year-old billionaire, who was forced into a humiliating climb-down on Wednesday by a party revolt which made him back center-left Prime Minister Enrico Letta in parliament.

Just to give you a bit context about what happened. After pulling his ministers from the coalition government at the weekend and calling for new elections, Berlusconi had to reverse his decision to bring down the government and, instead, backed Letta after dissenters in his own party threatened to tear the center right apart.

The revolt left Berlusconi’s PDL divided into two blocs, with 42-year-old party secretary Angelino Alfano heading a group of moderates while a hard core of loyalists remain with Berlusconi, although a formal split has not yet been confirmed.

Even if Berlusconi is expelled from the Senate as expected he could still lead the center right, or the part of it that remains loyal to him, from outside parliament.

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