Italy faces possibe early elections as a rebellion in Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right coalition threatens to bring down his government and end his tenure as prime minister.
Berlusconi has been weakened by a series of sex scandals and the country’s press has suggested that his administraion is on the brink of collapse.
He has already divorced his second wife this year and now the billionaire media tycoon’s political marriage to former ally Gianfranco Fini is over.
The pair founded the People of Freedom Party together in 2008 until Berlusconi expelled Fini in July.
Fini now wants the 74-year-old to tender his resignation.
On the streets of Rome, there is a feeling that it’s time for Italy’s playboy prime minister to step down.
“I think Berlusconi should have resigned a long time ago. He can’t go on like this,” said one man.
Another woman explained that she thought the premier should be doing more for the average Italian, rather than fooling around with young girls.
But believe me, she says, “those waiting to take his place are just as bad, if not worse, than Berlusconi.”