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'PdL to pull govt support' if Berlusconi banned from office

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Rome, July 11 - The Senate whip for Silvio
Berlusconi's center-right People of Freedom (PdL) suggested the
party would pull its support of the fragile coalition government
if the ex-premier were banned from office.
"If Berlusconi is banned for life, it would be very
difficult for the PdL without its leader could follow the
experience of the (Enrico) Letta government," said Renato
Schifani.
The PdL has been outraged by what they consider "political
persecution" by allegedly leftist judges who have delivered a
series of legal blows to the political and industrial titan in
recent weeks.
On Wednesday the party secured a one-day halt to
parliamentary business to discuss its reaction to a supreme
Cassation Court decision to start hearings in just three weeks
in a case where the media mogul is appealing a four-year jail
term and a five-year ban from public office.
The three-time premier is appealing a four-year term for
inflating film-rights purchases at his Mediaset media empire,
cut to one for an amnesty, as well as a five-year ban from
public office.
As he is over 70 he would not serve the year in prison if
definitively convicted but have to do social work.
However the ban would kick in if, as usually happens,
parliament ratifies it.
Many have worried that the fragile stability of the
unprecedented left-right coalition was at risk over Berlusconi's
legal entanglements.
Members of his party have threatened to resign from
government en masse if their leader's ban from office is upheld.

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