Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Uncertainty surrounds Berlusconi video message

English
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Rome, September 17 - Uncertainty reigned on Tuesday
over a video message Silvio Berlusconi has reportedly prepared,
amid political turmoil after the supreme court upheld a
tax-fraud conviction against the ex premier last month.
For weeks there has been speculation that Berlusconi has
prepared a message announcing his People of Freedom (PdL) was
withdrawing its support from Premier Enrico Letta's left-right
government.
The PdL is furious its alliance partner, Letta's
centre-left Democratic Party, which has said it intends to vote
for Berlusconi to be stripped of his parliamentary seat on a
Senate panel following the tax-fraud verdict. A key vote on the
panel is set to take place Wednesday.
On Monday there was speculation Berlusconi has prepared two
videos ready for release.
One of these was reportedly on his party, which is set to
be revamped and revert to its previous name, Forza Italia.
The other was thought to feature criticism of the alleged
left-wing magistrates Berlusconi says are behind his conviction,
allegedly as part of a plot to remove him from the political
scene, and to reveal whether he intended to sink Letta's
executive or not.
One of these two videos was expected to be sent to
broadcasters Tuesday, ahead of Wednesday's crunch meeting of the
Senate panel.
But according to fresh speculation, there may only be one
video, shot at his home near Milan Monday, and Berlusconi may be
considering re-recording it as he was not entirely satisfied
with the result.
The new video is expected to be released Wednesday and
reportedly does not refer to the future of the government.
Berlusconi is reportedly torn between the advice of hawks
and doves in the PdL.
The hawks say Berlusconi should scupper the executive and
try to provoke fresh elections.
The doves say provoking the end of the administration would
have negative consequences for the country, which is trying to
emerge from its longest recession in over two decades, for the
PdL, and for Berlusconi himself and his business empire.

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