Berlusconi says Italy needs justice reform or elections

ROME Fri Aug 2, 2013 2:58pm EDT

1 of 2. Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi leaves Palazzo Grazioli, his residence in Rome, August 2, 2013.

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ROME (Reuters) - Italy's center right must push for reform of the justice system or seek new elections, former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi told lawmakers from his People of Freedom Party, according to a source at the meeting on Friday.

"If there is no reform of the justice system, we are ready for new elections," he told the meeting, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

On Thursday a court upheld a conviction for tax fraud against Berlusconi, threatening both his position as center-right leader and the stability of Italy's fragile coalition government.

(Reporting by Antonella Cinelli, writing by Naomi O'Leary)

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Comments (3)
PeteInSoCal wrote:
…you think you’ve seen how crazy the guy is – - – and he raises the bar again. Amazing.

Aug 02, 2013 2:09pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
XianSheng wrote:
As a non Italian outsider, I must say that I’m very impressed with Berlo. He’s probably one of the shrewdest politicians ever, bar-none. To wit, even now, in his “darkest hour”, he seems to carry on as “business as usual” and even the ball back with “If there is no reform of the justice system, we are ready for new elections”. I can’t help being impressed with the guy.

Aug 02, 2013 3:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
XianSheng wrote:
As a non Italian outsider, I must say that I’m very impressed with Berlo. He’s probably one of the shrewdest politicians ever, bar-none. To wit, even now, in his “darkest hour”, he seems to carry on as “business as usual” and even throws the ball back with “If there is no reform of the justice system, we are ready for new elections”. I can’t help being impressed with the guy.

Aug 02, 2013 3:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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