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Roundup: Senate-ejected Berlusconi vows to stay in Italian politics

By Marzia De Giuli ROME, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi on Wednesday was stripped of his seat in parliament for immediate effect of a Senate-ejection vote over his conviction for tax fraud, but he pledged to remain in politics. Senate Speaker Pietro Grasso declared the media tycoon ineligible for a seat after a seven-hour heated debate with rival senators nearly coming to blows.

Italian parliament expels defiant Berlusconi

Italy's parliament on Wednesday expelled Silvio Berlusconi over a tax fraud conviction in a humiliating vote that will not be the last act of the billionaire tycoon's tumultuous career as he vowed to "fight on". The three-time former prime minister told thousands of supporters outside his residence in Rome that he would stay on in politics despite the vote, saying it was "a day of bitterness, a day of mourning for democracy".

News Analysis: Berlusconi ouster shows high drama, but key obstacles remain in Italy politics

By Eric J. Lyman ROME, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Wednesday's vote to strip Italian media mogul Silvio Berlusconi of his Senate seat, robs him of a political platform he has had for almost 20 years. But it is just the start -- for both Berlusconi and parliament. Berlusconi did almost everything he could to avoid Wednesday's vote, calling it a kind of "coup d'etat" and saying sanctions against him would humiliate the Italian state more than Berlusconi himself.

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Berlusconi's children rally round after Senate exit

Silvio Berlusconi's children rallied around their father on Wednesday after he was expelled from the Italian Senate in a humiliating coda to his 20-year parliamentary career. His eldest, Marina, who heads the family's holding company Fininvest, and Pier Silvio, deputy chairman of Berlusconi's media empire Mediaset, both issued angry press releases. "This country and this democracy should be ashamed of what my father is suffering," said Marina, 47, who has denied persistent rumours that she could succeed Berlusconi.

Key dates in Berlusconi's political career

Silvio Berlusconi has been a headline act on the Italian political scene since the mid 1990s in a career dogged by prosecutions that led to his ignominious expulsion from parliament on Wednesday. Here are some of the key dates in his career: 1994: The billionaire media tycoon wins elections with his Forza Italia party, following a wave of anti-corruption investigations that decimate the old political order dominated by the Christian-Democrats.

Factbox: Trials involving Silvio Berlusconi

By Naomi O'Leary ROME (Reuters) - The Italian Senate expelled Silvio Berlusconi over a tax fraud conviction on Wednesday, stripping him of parliamentary immunity and opening the possibility of his arrest in other cases. His lawyers say an arrest is unlikely. Here are some of the legal cases involving the center-right leader:

Berlusconi expelled from Italian parliament over tax fraud

By Roberto Landucci and Catherine Hornby ROME (Reuters) - The Italian Senate expelled former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi over his tax fraud conviction on Wednesday, humiliating the veteran center-right leader who vowed to continue leading his party from outside parliament.

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Italian parliament expels defiant Berlusconi

Italy's parliament on Wednesday expelled Silvio Berlusconi over a tax fraud conviction in a humiliating vote that will not be the last act of the billionaire tycoon's tumultuous career as he vowed to "fight on". The three-time former prime minister told thousands of supporters outside his residence in Rome that he would stay on in politics despite the vote, saying it was "a day of bitterness, a day of mourning for democracy".
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