Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
RIMINI

PdL heavyweight sees govt end if PD ejects Berlusconi

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Rimini, August 19 - A prominent member of Silvio
Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party said Monday it would
sink the government if its partner the Democratic Party (PD)
votes to eject the ex-premier from the Senate after his recent
tax-fraud conviction.
Former Senate Speaker Renato Schifani said a ban from office
resulting from the conviction must be examined by the
Constitutional Court before its application is considered.
If the PD rules this out it would show a "prejudicial
attitude that can only lead to a political rupture," said
Schifani.
"Co-existence would be impossible", he said.
The Senate, where the PD holds a majority, is set to vote on
ratifying Berlusconi's ban next month.
The PdL has been in an unnatural alliance with old foes the
PD for 100 days after a two-month stalemate following
inconclusive February elections.
Berlusconi received a four-year sentence for tax fraud at
his media empire, commuted to one because of an amnesty, on
August 1.
It was his first definitive conviction in more than 20
cases.

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