Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018

'Berlusconi ineligible' spat hits govt


Rome, May 16 - A fresh spat over a never-applied
legal bar to media magnate Silvio Berlusconi's holding public
office because he owns government licences hit Enrico Letta's
new left-right government Thursday.
"According to (an Italian) law (of 1957) Silvio Berlusconi
is ineligible for office because he is a (government) licensee,"
Democratic Party (PD) Senate Whip Luigi Zanda said.
Anna Maria Bernini, interim spokesperson for Berlusconi's
People of Freedom (PdL) party, said Zanda's words were "mines
planted under the political ground the Letta government is
acting on".
Long-time enemies PD and PdL forged an unprecedented
alliance after two months of post-election stalemate in April.
Berlusconi's legal woes, including a trial for alleged sex
with a minor, and differences over tax reform are among the main
issues creating strains in the fledgling administration.
The 'ineligibility' issue was also revived after
Berlusconi's ownership of Italy's three main non-State TV
channels helped boost his recent political comeback.
His flagship channel aired a programme Friday that
presented his defence in the Milan sex trial, sparking
The prosecutor in that trial has requested a life ban from
public office.
The PD is also worried about plans the PdL floated
Wednesday to allegedly gag the judiciary with a new restrictive
law on wiretaps.

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