Back in Berlusconi's arms? The former PM has hinted at a comeback
Nothing has been confirmed at this stage, but disgraced former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is hinting at a comeback.
According to the Guardian, he told an audience of young right wingers at the weekend: “I’m working on solutions. I’m still here.”
As the audience rose to their feet chanting “Silvio, Silvio”, he added: “Give me 51% of the vote.”
Italian newspaper Corriere.IT is also reporting the rumours, pointing out that since his departure from office in November 2011 he has been “sounding much more anti-Eurozone than when he was actually in charge”.
Berlusconi, a former cruise ship singer, was much criticised for his handling of the economy during the Eurozone crisis.
The 75-year-old’s career was dogged by court battles and sex scandals, including allegations he slept with an 18-year-old belly dancer nicknamed "Ruby the heart-stealer".
In 2009 Berlusconi estimated that in the last twenty years he had made 2,500 court appearances in 106 trials, and spent more than 200m euros on legal fees fighting accusations of false accounting, tax evasion and bribery of a judge.
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