Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018
ROME

PdL denies party rift over Berlusconi

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Rome, August 26 - Leading figures in the
center-right People of Freedom (PdL) party of convicted
ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi denied speculation on Monday of a
party rift over his pending ouster from the Senate.
"I absolutely rule it out," said PdL Lower House whip
Renato Brunetta. "Anyone hoping for a break in the PdL is making
a big mistake".
Next month Berlusconi, who received his first-ever binding
criminal conviction early this month for tax fraud, faces a vote
in the Senate to ratify a ban from office.
Speculation that some PdL Senators will go against the
party and vote to impose the ban was fueled after a meeting of
PdL bigwigs Saturday, when longtime Berlusconi loyalist and MP
Daniela Santanchè said there were divisions between hawks and
doves in the party.
"Santanchè is wrong to use such a tone, an attitude that I
do not like," said deputy Senate whip Maurizio Gasparri Monday.
Nevertheless, Santanchè told la Repubblica daily Sunday
that the hawks had won the debate and that the fragile
left-right government of Premier Enrico Letta was "finished".
The PdL has repeatedly threatened to pull its support and
topple the government if Berlusconi is kicked out of office in
the upcoming Senate vote.

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