Berlusconi expelled from Italian parliament over tax fraud | Reuters

At long last.. Berlusconi is one step further out of politics..
A funny thing though.. being here in Florence, Italy for six months.. is how Rome and national Italian politics seems so faaaaar away..

It’s a very regional country…or at times even more centered around your own city or neighborhood.. which usually has two thousand years of history or more..

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/27/us-italy-berlusconi-idUSBRE9AQ0P220131127

(Reuters) – The Italian Senate expelled former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi over his tax fraud conviction on Wednesday, humiliating the veteran center-right leader who vowed to continue leading his party from outside parliament.

The Senate vote, after months of wrangling and delay, opens an uncertain phase for Italy, with the 77-year-old media billionaire now apparently in the twilight of his political career but prepared to use all his resources to disrupt Prime Minister Enrico Letta’s coalition government.

"We are here on a bitter day, a day of mourning for democracy," Berlusconi told supporters from his Forza Italia party in front of his central Rome residence as the Senate voted a short distance away.

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