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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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  1. James Mates

The end credits are finally rolling for Silvio Berlusconi

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.

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has reportedly lost a vote to stay in parliament. Credit: PA Wire

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.

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