Alfano warns of 'battle' in parliament over Berlusconi vote
PdL warns that open vote in Senate violates laws, civility30 October, 18:55
The centre-right leader could be ejected from the Senate after the supreme court upheld a tax-fraud verdict against him. Members of Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party, including Alfano, rallied to their leader's defense and against the Senate panel decision.
This decision "is a violation of the principle of civility," and of individual rights, said Alfano. He and Berlusconi had been on cool terms recently after Alfano refused to back efforts by Berlusconi to bring down Letta's fragile coalition government earlier this month.
But Alfano joined other Berlusconi supporters in condemning the Senate panel decision on the open vote.