For a man who loved the limelight, it was the worst of endings. Forced out of office to make way for economic reforms and then, after resigning, forced to leave the president’s residence by the side door.
Good riddance to bad rubbish is an opinion shared by many sections of the Italian press. Political analyst, Franco Pavoncello believes such agreement may well serve the incoming government.“I think there will be a honeymoon of two or three months for Mr Monti to try and kick-start the Italian economy and to see if these reforms can be enacted,” he said.
Berlusconi has already hinted that he may take a tilt at yet another comeback. Even some of his supporters, however, have grown weary of his antics.
There has been much talk of an end of an era, but given Berlusconi still faces corruption trials and owns much of the country’s broadcast media, Italians are unlikely to have heard the last of him.