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Nick Squires: Why Italy has not heard the last of Silvio

Nick Squires in Rome

Published 14/11/2011 | 05:00

He may be gone, but he certainly won't be forgotten. Few Italians believe they have seen the last of Silvio Berlusconi, who on Saturday ended a tumultuous 17-year political career in which he made the nation an international laughing stock with his bawdy jokes, bandannas and "bunga bunga" parties.

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Mr Berlusconi's immense wealth, his virtual monopoly of commercial television, his ownership of AC Milan football club and the four criminal trials in which he is involved all guarantee the 75-year-old will continue to loom large in Italian life.

"Il Cavaliere" -- The Knight, as he is known to Italians -- could even ride again into the political arena, despite promising this week that he had no intention of standing as a candidate in the coming elections.

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