Italy Senate expels former Prime Minister Berlusconi

Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi talks to journalists during a press conference following a cabinet meeting at Rome's Chigi palace, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011. (Pier Paolo Cito)
November 27, 2013 9:02:17 AM PST
The Italian Senate has expelled three-time ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi from Parliament over his tax fraud conviction.

The vote on Wednesday halts the 77-year-old Berlusconi's legislative run for at least six years, but does not mark the end of his political career.

Berlusconi maintained his defiance ahead of the vote, declaring Wednesday a "day of mourning for democracy" before thousands of cheering, flag-waving supporters outside his Roman palazzo.

Even though Berlusconi won't hold a seat in Parliament, he is expected to remain influential in Italian politics. He has relaunched his Forza Italia party and analysts estimate he still commands millions of supporters.


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