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.
Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta has accused Silvio Berlusconi of telling a "huge lie" after the former PM pulled his ministers out of the country's ruling coalition.
Mr Berlusconi said the withdrawal was caused by Mr Letta violating coalition agreements by freezing government activities, which he said had set off an increase in sales tax.
Mr Letta, though, said Mr Berlusconi was using the sales tax issue as cover for actions that were actually motivated by his own legal problems.
Italy's president, Giorgio Napolitano, has called for a resolution to avoid a return to the polls.
Tensions between the two sides of Silvio Berlusconi and Prime Minister Enrico Letta have been mounting for weeks following moves to expel Berlusconi from parliament after his conviction for tax fraud last month.
– Statement from Silvio Berlusconi
The decision taken by Prime Minister Enrico Letta to freeze government activities... is a serious violation of the pacts on which this government was formed.
This week PDL lawmakers threatened to walk out of parliament if he is expelled from the Senate over the conviction.
Italian centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi pulled his ministers out of the ruling coalition on Saturday, effectively bringing down the government of Prime Minister Enrico Letta and leaving Europe's third-largest economy in chaos.
The announcement, which will likely lead either to new elections or the formation of a new coalition, came a day after Letta challenged Berlusconi's party to support him in a confidence vote in parliament following weeks of tension.
Late on Friday, the cabinet failed to agree vital fiscal measures to bring the budget deficit within European Union limits, leaving the fragile coalition of traditional rivals from the left and right near total breakdown.
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.