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March 31, 2023

Berlusconi to stay in politics, threatens to topple Monti govt

Italian ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi has threatened to bring down the government of technocrats led by Mario Monti, the BBC reports. Mr Berlusconi said the cabinet was leading Italy into a “spiral of recession” and that his centre-right PDL party would decide in the coming days whether it would end its support. It is the largest party in parliament and the move could trigger early polls. Berlusconi was forced to step down last year. His comments come a day after he was found guilty of tax fraud. Earlier on Saturday, Mr Berlusconi said that despite his conviction he felt “obliged” to stay in politics. He said he wanted to “reform the justice system so that what happened to me doesn’t happen to other citizens”. However he confirmed he did not want to stand for prime minister.

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