Berlusconi vows to stay in politics
Silvio Berlusconi defiantly has vowed to stay at the centre of Italian politics, despite his expected expulsion from parliament over a fraud conviction, and accused leftist judges of plotting against him to pervert democracy.
In a long-awaited television address yesterday, shortly before a Senate committee is expected to take the first step in expelling him, the media magnate made no mention of his previous threats to bring down the left-right coalition government of Prime Minister Enrico Letta because of the conviction.
"I will always be with you, at your side, expelled from parliament or not. It is not the parliamentary seat that makes a leader," the 76-year-old billionaire said."