Silvio Berlusconi has vowed to remain in politics even if senators vote to remove him from parliament. The former prime minister has been convicted of fraud and under a new law loses his right to sit as an elected representative.
First that move needs to be confirmed by the Senate.
The former cruise ship crooner posted a video on his website saying, “I will always be with you, at your side, expelled from parliament or not. You can be a politician without being in parliament. It is not a parliamentary seat that makes a leader, but popular consensus, your consensus. That support I have had in the past and will have again.”
The vote on his future will not be final, a full Senate vote is expected next month.
Berlusconi’s PDL party has vowed to pull out of the ruling coalition if the Senate votes to expel him.
A move that would result in a snap election and plunge Italy into political turmoil as the country battles a stubborn recession.