Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, is once again under pressure to quit over sex allegations.
Prosecutors claim he was complicit in prostitution and the media has revelled in transcripts of phone calls between women who attended what have become known as “bunga bunga” parties at his villa near Milan.
Opposition Democratic Party leader, Dario Franceschini, said in parliament: “You should resign and leave parliament… in order to save this country and to reconstruct the credibility of its institutions in the eyes of the whole world, but more importantly for the Italian people.”
On Sunday Berlusconi went on television to again deny ever having paid for sex. This is the latest in a series of such scandals, but the danger is greater as he no longer enjoys a secure parliamentary majority.
At the centre of the allegations is nightclub dancer, Karima el Mahroug known as Ruby. She was just 17 when Berlusconi allegedly paid her for sex – making her under-age under Italian law.