Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018

No govt repercussions in Berlusconi verdict, minister says


Rome, July 31 - Italy's transport minister said he
did not believe the verdict expected Wednesday in ex-premier
Silvio Berlusconi's fraud case would have "repercussions" on the
coalition government.
"This government was born thanks to a sense of
responsibility," said Maurizio Lupi, referring to the
center-right People of Freedom (PdL) party, his own and
Berlusconi's, and the center-left Democratic Party (PD), of
Premier Enrico Letta.
Since its formation in April, the unprecedented left-right
government has been perceived as highly volatile for putting
natural political enemies in the same executive.
Members of Berlusconi's party have threatened to pull their
support if their leader's four-year conviction and five-year ban
from public office is upheld at the supreme Cassation Court in a
fraud verdict anticipated Wednesday or Thursday, in what would
be a definitive ruling on accusations of overseeing a system of
manipulating film rights and setting up oversees slush funds to
launder money.
Due to an amnesty passed in 2006, Berlusconi would likely
only serve one year of the prison term if convicted.
If the PdL leaves the coalition, the government would
"I hope that Berlusconi's sentence isn't upheld, that the
sense of responsibility prevails, and that people keep their
nerve," said Lupi, evoking the sense of bipartisanship that made
the current government possible.
"Without these fundamental conditions, the economic crisis
will never end".

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