The scandalous life of Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s former Prime Minister and world’s top magnate is marked with sexual misconduct, alleged corruption and political misdemeanors. His more than a thousand appearances to courts is a story of acquittal, conviction and clearance. A powerful man to triumph every complaint petitioned against him now faces the ouster in the parliament. It seems he already pushed his luck as his supporters in the parliament were defeated following the move to deter his removal in the public office. Turning 77 this coming September 29, his only wish is to remain in politics even without being in the parliament.
Reckoning to eject Berlusconi from the office was due to his recent conviction on tax evasion, minor sexual abuse and breach of confidentiality. He was proven guilty of tax fraud relative to purchase of foreign broadcast rights sealed by its broadcasting company, Mediaset in 2002 and 2003. Adding to the count is his paid sexual activity with an underage Moroccan girl. With regard to tax fraud case, Italy’s highest court maintained its decision to order Berlusconi, due to his seniority, under house arrest for at least one year. It is a first sentenced he has to serve in his 20 years various legal trials.
In the televised address, Berlusconi appealed to the center-right winged voter and to the youth to support the re-launching of Forza Italia Party (Go Italy), his brainchild in 1994. He defended that he is innocent and believed to be the victim of left-winged prosecutors’ abuse of power. He bragged that he cannot be toppled through democracy so they use the judiciary. Although, his did not divulge his recent threats to weaken Democratic Prime Minister Enrico Letta’s coalition government, booting him out will likely subdivide the government. But it could be the onset of political crisis that poses Italy in vulnerable circumstances.
Berlusconi’s power over his supporters may create a crisis in Letta’s leadership. Speculations over withdrawal of support to Letta’s vital reform programs looms as Berlusconi appeared on the television. This will not be a healthy strategy for the Italian parliament since the country was exposed to the Eurozone crisis and still adopting measures on how to cope with economic recession. Recently, the European Commission pressed Letta to amend its real estate tax putting into consideration some European Union recommendations. An oversight to monitor domestic policies imposing tighter measure is paramount in order to avoid the brink of economic collapse of EU member countries.
Silvio Berlusconi’s fortune on evading justice is an example of how money can change a person’s circumstances. His personal life may be highly publicized and scrutinized by the media and his critics yet he is able to gain his extraordinary popularity in the lives of every Italians. However the tables are turned on him now and his perverse attempt to gather sympathy does not work anymore.
1. Rubygate Scandal http://goo.gl/JqNv9B
2.TV Appearance of Silvio Berlusconi http://goo.gl/uCIuBc
3.Enrico Letta http://goo.gl/dMignJ
4.Italian Parliament http://goo.gl/FqOYeE
5. Berlusconi on the losing edge http://goo.gl/a5sSYP