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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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Berlusconi urges protest against 'broken Italian justice'

Silvio Berlusconi appeared as part of a televised address on Italian TV Credit: Reuters

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.

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