Despite the hundreds of thousands of women who marched all over Italy calling for him to quit, Silvio Berlusconi again refused to budge today, again insisting it is all just a left wing plot to slander him, as the opposition cannot beat him in elections.
However his former ally and co-founder of his party, Gianfranco Fini, has now formed a party of his own, ‘Future & Liberty’. He insists Berlusconi faces a revolt within his ‘People of Freedom’ party, and that criticism of the leader is now not confined to just the usual suspects on the left. He wants his immediate resignation and fresh elections.
At the party’s launch Fini’s attacks were his most outspoken yet, and they have been picked up in today’s papers.
In the latest opinion poll Berlusconi’s party has slumped to just 27.2 percent support, and tomorrow a court in Milan should rule on whether or not to indict Berlusconi on charges of paying for sex with a minor, and lying to police to obtain her release from custody.