Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Bossi says Berlusconi's political career is not over


Rome, August 13 - The founder of the Northern
League party on Tuesday said the political career of three-time
premier Silvio Berlusconi is not over after a supreme court
conviction for tax fraud.
"I don't think it's the end for Berlusconi", Umberto Bossi
told ANSA of his former government coalition partner.
In the interview, Bossi also welcomed the idea of having
Berlusconi's oldest daughter Marina become the leader of his
People of Freedom Party (PdL). "She could take over and the fact
that she is a woman is an advantage", said Bossi.
The 46-year-old chairwoman of the Berlusconi family holding
company Fininvest has been tipped as a successor ever since the
Cassation upheld a four-year jail term for Berlusconi - cut to
one by an amnesty - and sent back to a Milan appeals court a
five-year ban on holding public office, which is likely to be
reinstated in a shorter form.
However, the sentence triggered a recent automatic six-year
ban and the Senate will vote in a few weeks on ejecting
Berlusconi amid PdL calls for a pardon.
Berlusconi's conviction for tax fraud on film rights at the
ex-premier's Mediaset empire was his first-ever definitive
conviction in years of legal cases that range from charges of
abuse of office and judge bribing to paying an underage
prostitute for sex.
Speaking about the future of the anti-immigration party
which he spearheaded until a political corruption scandal over
the alleged funneling of millions of euros of public funding
into private accounts forced him to resign last year, Bossi said
he had "invested very much" in the Northern League.
"My political inheritance, perhaps, is having paved the way
for the idea that things can be changed", Bossi said.

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