PdL heavyweight sees govt end if PD ejects Berlusconi
Ban must be weighed by Constitutional Court first says Schifani19 August, 12:51
Former Senate Speaker Renato Schifani said a ban from office resulting from the conviction must be examined by the Constitutional Court before its application is considered.
If the PD rules this out it would show a "prejudicial attitude that can only lead to a political rupture," said Schifani.
"Co-existence would be impossible", he said.
The Senate, where the PD holds a majority, is set to vote on ratifying Berlusconi's ban next month.
The PdL has been in an unnatural alliance with old foes the PD for 100 days after a two-month stalemate following inconclusive February elections.
Berlusconi received a four-year sentence for tax fraud at his media empire, commuted to one because of an amnesty, on August 1.
It was his first definitive conviction in more than 20 cases.