Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
ROME

Justice minister says Berlusconi ban law deserves 'thought'

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Rome, September 3 - Justice Minister Anna Maria
Cancellieri said Tuesday that she was open to discussion of the
constitutionality of a law threatening ex-premier Silvio
Berlusconi with a ban from office.
That law is at the centre of a political crisis involving
not only Berlusconi's Senate seat but also the prospects of
survival for the shaky left-right coalition government.
"Many highly competent people and non-partisan (people)
have voiced doubts," on the law, Cancellieri said in an
interview with Sky TG 24 television.
Since these jurists' opinion carried more weight than hers,
discussion of the law was "at least" warranted, Cancellieri
said, while stressing that she herself did not think it
breached the Constitution.
Next week the Senate will start weighing whether Berlusconi
should be stripped of his seat as required under the law framed
by former justice minister Paola Severino following his
conviction on tax fraud.
Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party says it will
pull the plug on its unprecedented alliance with the centre-left
Democratic Party (PD) if the PD members of a Senate immunity
panel vote, as they have said they will, to strip the three-time
premier of his seat.
Berlusconi's ejection can only be authorised by a floor
vote, expected in late October, but a panel vote against him
would make that moot if the PdL follows through on its threat to
scupper the coalition.

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