PdL 'horrified' at PD's conduct on Berlusconi seat
Centre-left take hard line on ejecting ex-premier10 September, 14:24
On Monday the PdL presented three motions calling for a decision on ejecting Berlusconi from parliament after a tax-fraud conviction was upheld by the supreme court to be put on hold. The PD is intent on rejecting the motions and wants them to be voted on later on Tuesday.
The PdL sees this stance as aggressive, saying the panel needs time to reflect on the complex judicial issues involved.
The centre-right party, which is in a minority on the panel, has threatened to withdraw its support for Premier Enrico Letta's government and sink it if the motions are rejected on Tuesday evening.
"We are horrified by the behaviour of the Democratic Party on the panel yesterday," said Alfano, who is the secretary of Berlusconi's party. "They prefer to put the country on its knees in order to eliminate a long-standing enemy, via judicial means". A PdL lawmaker presented a fourth motion against the move to strip Berlusconi of his status as Senator on Tuesday.
The head of the Senate panel reportedly wants a vote on the three motions presented Monday to take place Tuesday, but the PdL are likely to fight to put the votes off.