Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018

Berlusconi says won't cede PdL leadership


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Rome, August 22 - Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi
repeated Thursday he would not step down as leader of the
center-right People of Freedom (PdL) party despite a pending ban
from office over a definitive criminal conviction for tax fraud.
"They can do anything to me, but they can't take away three
things: the freedom to comment on the state of Italian public
affairs, the right to drive and guide the political movement I
founded, and the right to be the focal point for millions of
Italians, as long as these citizens freely want it," said
The Senate is set to vote September 9 on stripping
three-time premier and media magnate Berlusconi of his place in
the upper house according to a new anti-corruption law that
kicked in after his August 1 conviction for tax fraud, his first
definitive sentence in almost 20 years of battles with
magistrates he accuses of left-wing bias.
The ban would not prevent him from playing a role in
politics similar, for example, to that of Beppe Grillo, the
leader of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, who cannot run
for office due to a vehicular manslaughter conviction but still
wields significant control over his elected lawmakers.
Berlusconi's PdL is the junior member of a shaky government
alliance with longtime foes the center-left Democratic Party.

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