Italian Senate Panel Recommends Berlusconi’s Expulsion [Photo]
An Italian Senate committee on Friday recommended that former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi be expelled from parliament after his conviction for tax fraud. The decision to remove Berlusconi, who has dominated Italian politics for the past two decades, came from a committee of 23 Senators dominated by center-right political opponents of Berlusconi. After previously pulling out his ministers from the coalition government and calling for new elections, Berlusconi had to reverse his decision and instead backed Letta in a confidence vote after dissenters in his own party threatened to tear the center right apart. His remaining faction includes a hard core of loyalists supportive of Berlusconi while a group of moderates support 42-year-old party secretary Angelino Alfano.