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Berlusconi quits hospital, calls for calm

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Italy’s Prime Minister has called for calm on leaving hospital amid tight security, four days after being attacked at a rally in Milan.

Silvio Berlusconi was treated for a fractured nose and broken teeth at the city’s San Raffaele hospital.

The injuries mean the 73-year-old will not join other world leaders at the climate summit in Copenhagen.

In a statement to the press, Berlusconi urged a new “era of dialogue” saying: “If, after what happened, there is a better awareness of the need for calmer and more honest language in Italian politics, this pain will not have been for naught.”

As the Prime Minister was taken to a villa of his near Milan, his cabinet met to discuss shutting down websites that promote violence and improving security at public gatherings.

Berlusconi was hit by a replica of Milan cathedral during a rally on Sunday.

A 42-year-old man, Massimo Tartaglia, has been remanded in prison over the incident. His lawyers say he should be transferred to a psychiatric unit.