Berlusconi loses ban vote

The political career of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi appears to be over. The 76-year-old lost the vote in the Senate that would have overturned his ban from parliament for his tax fraud conviction.

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Silvio Berlusconi's political career nears end

Silvio Berlusconi's political career looks to nearing an end tonight after the Italian senate reportedly voted to expel the former prime minister from parliament.

Mr Berlusconi addressed the nation ahead of the vote, calling on them to protest in his defence insisting he is "innocent" of tax fraud.

The vote brings an end to the former Italian prime minister's colourful and controversy-filled political career as ITV News' Europe Editor James Mates reports:

Berlusconi vows to stay in politics even if banned

Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi Credit: PA Wire

Silvio Berlusconi has vowed to stay at the heart of Italian politics even if he is expelled from government over a fraud conviction.

In a long-awaited television address ahead of Senate announcement on his future in Italy's parliament, the former prime minister said:

"I will always be with you, at your side, expelled from parliament or not. It is not the parliamentary seat that makes a leader."

The 76-year-old billionaire insisted he was "absolutely innocent" of tax fraud, before accusing judges of plotting against him to pervert democracy.

Read: Silvio Berlusconi's famous gaffes and controversies


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