Berlusconi survives crucial vote
Published 30/09/2010 | 05:00
Silvio Berlusconi won a crucial vote in parliament yesterday amid accusations that his party "bought" the support of some opposition MPs, writes Nick Squires.
The Italian prime minister (74) had staked the survival of his government on the vote and would have had to resign had he lost, opening the way for early elections.
But opposition politicians claimed one MP was offered a €60,000-a-year consultancy job in return for switching allegiance to the government. (© Daily Telegraph, London)