Monti not opposed to pardoning Berlusconi
'Would help overcome hateful partisanship' says ex-premier27 August, 13:51
Its stability has been made even more volatile by threats from Berlusconi's center-right People of Freedom (PdL) party to topple it if the three-time premier's ban from office is upheld following his first-ever binding criminal conviction early this month for manipulating film rights at his Mediaset media empire.
The Senate, where the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) holds a narrow majority, will decide next month whether to ratify stripping Berlusconi of his Senate seat. Many have speculated that President Giorgio Napolitano could decide to pardon Berlusconi, especially if the tycoon first chose to step down from the Senate voluntarily, in an effort to shore up government stability. Doing so, according to Monti, would help "overcome the partisanship of hate and scorn" rife in Italian politics.