Ahead of the announcement on Silvio Berlusconi's political future, a look at some of the former Italian prime minister's most famous gaffes.
As former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is handed a seven-year jail sentence, is this the end of his political career?
Remember the Italy elections? They are still going on and the bloke who had never been elected in the first place is still Prime Minister.
Government ministers in former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's political party in Italy have announced their intention to resign their posts, a move that raises tension in the uneasy coalition government and increases the possibility of early elections.
Vice Premier Angelino Alfano's spokeswoman said the five ministers from Mr Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom Party have decided to submit their resignations.
Today's announcement came hours after Mr Berlusconi urged ministers in his party to step down, citing the government's decision to raise Italy's value added tax.
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:
For years Silvio Berlusconi has run rings around the legal system in Italy with delays, appeals even changing laws so they do not apply to him.
Well, tonight the Senate has decided, although there are more votes to come, it is widely believed that the sentence imposed by the court will remain - he will be kicked out of politics.
It is believed Berlusconi's family and lawyers want him to resign before a final humiliation and we know which way these votes are going to go.
What is most interesting is that his threat to bring down the coalition government - of which his party are members - if they did not let him off turned out to be hollow.
The economic situation here is so bad that his own party was not prepared to throw the country into that sort of chaos just to protect him.
An Italian friend said to me tonight: "we keep driving stakes into the heart of this guy, but like in all the best horror movies, he keeps coming back in the next scene."
It does seem tonight the end credits are rolling.
The Italian news agency ANSA is reporting that Silvio Berlusconi has lost a vote in the Senate that would have overturned his ban from politics.
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.
In a TV address, former Italian president Silvio Berlusconi has climbed down from threats to bring down the Italian government if his ban from politics is confirmed later tonight.
He has urged his countrymen to "protest against the broken justice system" that convicted him.
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has refused to pardon Silvio Berlusconi after confirming that his jail sentence for tax fraud must be applied.
The 88-year-old president had been urged by Berlusconi supporters to intervene and annul the former prime minister's conviction.
Mr Napolitano said he had never received a request for a pardon from Mr Berlusconi and said it was vital that the issue should not spark a government crisis.
Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's daughter is tipped to follow in his footsteps by entering politics.
Berlusconi's eldest daughter, Marina Berlusconi, was a close adviser by his side when the Italian Supreme Court upheld his tax fraud conviction, jail sentence and ban from politics last week.
She has in the past repeatedly denied any intention to enter politics but has remained silent during this new round of speculation.
Political analysts say the prospect of a Marina Berlusconi candidacy is realistic. She chairs the family's Fininvest holding company and the Mondadori publishing company, Italy's largest magazine publisher. Forbes listed her at No. 48 on its 2010 list of world's most powerful women.
Italy's former premier Silvio Berlusconi said the Italian Supreme Court's decision to uphold his tax fraud conviction and jail sentence is "baseless" and robs him of his political rights.
Berlusconi delivered a nine-minute video statement hours after he was definitively convicted for the first time in decades of criminal prosecutions.
He said he was the victim of "an incredible series of accusations and trials that had nothing to do with reality."
Berlusconi denounced the decision, saying it "is based on nothing and which deprives me of my freedom and political rights."