Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Berlusconi attacks Monti on Sunday TV program

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Rome, December 24 - Italian ex-premier Silvio
Berlusconi brutally retaliated on Sunday against criticism
voiced by Italian Premier Mario Monti in a Rome press conference
earlier that day.
"I had a nightmare...Monti again in Palazzo Chigi,
(Gianfranco) Fini in the sewers, (Antonio) Ingroia in charge of
justice," Berlusconi said on the RAI television program Domenica
In.
The one-liner pierced the idea of Monti occupying
government headquarters once more - a prospect Monti said on
Sunday he would consider if invited back.
Monti's tenure as the head of Italy's technical government
was interrupted this month when Berlusconi used his influence to
undermine the government's political majority and declared he
would run again for premier.
Days later, Berlusconi said he would withdraw if Monti
would head up a centrist coalition.
This autumn, Berlusconi has vacillated publicly between
seeking Monti's leadership as an ally and spurning Monti when he
declined.
On Sunday, Monti said he had "difficulty" following the
"linearity" of Berlusconi's thinking recently.
In his televised comment, Berlusconi also cut down his
former coalition-ally Gianfranco Fini, who broke ranks with the
former Berlusconi-led government, but remained president of the
Chamber of Deputies after Berlusconi was forced to resign in
November 2011.
Antonio Ingroia is an Italian prosecutor and constitutional
editorialist who asked for the indictment of one of Berlusconi's
long-term collaborators, senator Marcello Dell'Utri, among
roughly a dozen figures in an investigation into alleged mafia
association by the state.
Ingroia has since transferred from the Palermo court to
Guatemala for a year to spearhead a United Nations investigation
into drug-trafficking.
Later in the television transmission, Belusconi threatened
to walk off the program because program host Massimo Giletti
interrupted with too many questions for Berlusconi's liking.

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