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Berlusconi blasts Monti over handling of marines


Rome, March 25 - The head of the Italian centre
right Silvio Berlusconi blasted outgoing premier Mario Monti on
Monday and called for his resignation from the Senate over the
case of two Italian marines facing trial in India.
"Monti made a shameful impression in the marines' case. He
did everything wrong," complained Berlusconi, head of the People
of Freedom (PdL) party.
Rome has been accused of climbing down after initially
reneging on a pledge to return the two anti-piracy marines
accused of killing two fishermen.
They were returned to India on Friday after a two-week
diplomatic tug-of-war between the two countries.
The Italian ambassador was blocked in India after Italy
announced it would not return the marines, Massimiliano Latorre
and Salvatore Girone, to face trial.
Rome sanctioned their return Thursday night, in what mant
saw as a volte-face, after receiving assurances the death
penalty was off the table.
Berlusconi also claimed that Monti's technocratic
government, which passed painful austerity measures in its
year-long stint since Berlusconi was forced to step down at the
height of the euro crisis in November 2011, did not consult the
PdL "at all".
The PdL, along with the centre-left Democratic Party,
backed the Monti government until Berlusconi pulled the plug in
December and later campaigned against the policies he had
supported, staging a strong comeback to come second to the PD in
last month's general election.
"(The Monti government) did everything on their own," the
three-time premier claimed Monday.
"They did not consult us at all. They must resign as a
group. Let's throw out Monti from the Senate. He's an
undeserving Senator for life. He should resign".

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