Italy’s Berlusconi Survives Confidence Vote
Silvio Berlusconi garnered just enough numbers in a vote of confidence on Friday to remain as Italy’s prime minister.
Berlusconi’s allies in the center-right government garnered 316 votes against the opposition’s 301 to give the controversial leader a fresh mandate. Berlusconi, who is currently mired in a sex scandal, has served as prime minister since 2008. He also served as premier from 1994 to1995 and from 2001 to 2006.
Berlusconi’s fate had been hanging until the last minute before Friday’s vote due to brewing discontent within the ruling coalition. Even some of those who voted for the retention of the center-right government did not mince words in expressing disappointment over the way Berlusconi has been running the government. “You have put some people in your government who would not be worthy to be doorkeepers in some of your companies,” center-right MP Francesco Nucara said in a speech before eventually voting for the ruling coalition.
Berlusconi is currently mired in various investigations, including corruption accusations, as well as for his alleged sex parties.