Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been wracked by scandal for over a week centered around a then- year-old Moroccan girl, Karima Keyek. Allegations have surfaced that after the girl was arrested in May for theft, the prime minister may have pressured the Milanese police for her release , including telling them that the girl was Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's daughter. While no stranger to scandals involving young girls, this episode may cost the PM politically, reports the Independent. The paper quotes parliamentary speaker Gianfranco Fini, a one-time ally of Berlusconi, as saying:. If there was that intervention [by the Prime Minister and his office] and if it's true that it was claimed that the girl was the relative of a head of state, then it would indicate a nonchalance; a corruption symptomatic of the use of state office for private gain. At first Berlusconi, speaking out on the scandal, defended himself by saying , "I love life, I love women.
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Silvio Berlusconi - Wikipedia
He was a member of the Chamber of Deputies from to and has served as a Member of the European Parliament MEP since ,  and previously from to Berlusconi is the controlling shareholder of Mediaset and owned the Italian football club A. Milan from to Berlusconi was Prime Minister for nine years in total, making him the longest serving post-war Prime Minister of Italy, and the third longest-serving since Italian unification , after Benito Mussolini and Giovanni Giolitti. He was the leader of the centre-right party Forza Italia from to , and its successor party The People of Freedom from to Since November , he has led a revived Forza Italia. After serving nearly 19 years as a member of the Chamber of Deputies , Italy's lower house , after the general election he became a member of the Senate.
Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi: It’s Better To Like Beautiful Young Girls Than To Be Gay
By James Mackenzie. He refused to apologise for his fondness for young women and denied doing anything improper, after the case of the girl known as Ruby filled Italian newspapers last week and opposition lawmakers called for him to step down. Berlusconi, 74, has brushed off scandals over women, prostitutes and parties in the past but has been under unusual pressure since newspapers last week carried reports about the teenager who attended parties at his villa at Arcore near Milan.
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is famed for making his views known in blunt, colourful, sometimes combative language. At times he strays into what one of his predecessors, Massimo D'Alema, described as "planetary gaffes". Here is a selection of quotations from Mr Berlusconi on a range of topics over his years in and out of office. I have houses all over the world, stupendous boats I am making a sacrifice.