Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018

Berlusconi aide threatens govt collapse


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Rome, September 5 - One of Silvio Berlusconi's
closest aides on Thursday reiterated that the government will
collapse if the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) votes to have
the ex-premier stripped of his Senate seat after a tax-fraud
"If the PD does not do its duty to take an in-depth look at
the judicial questions and declares that Berlusconi should be
stripped of his seat, the government is over," said Francesco
Nitto Palma, a senior member of Berlusconi's centre-right People
of Freedom (PdL) party, which has been in a fragile government
alliance with its long-term foe, the PD, since April.
Nitto Palma is also the president of the Senate justice
Berlusconi risks losing his parliamentary seat under the
terms of an anti-corruption law approved in 2012, which bans
anyone with a conviction like the three-time premier's from
holding office for six years.
The PdL claims the law is being applied retroactively in
Berlusconi's case, although it became effective before his
definitive four-year conviction for fraud on film rights on
August 1.
The PdL says the law is against the Italian Constitution
but the PD says it isn't.
A Senate panel will start examining the case Monday and is
expected to reach its conclusions by the end of the month.
A full Senate vote is required to make the ban effective
but the PdL says it will not come to that if the PD votes
against Berlusconi on the panel, because it would immediately
pull out of the unprecedented left-right coalition.

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