Agence France-PresseNovember 27, 2013 10:31
Italy's parliament on Wednesday prepared to expel Silvio Berlusconi over his tax fraud conviction in a momentous move that raises the risk of his arrest but is unlikely to end his tumultuous career.
Thousands of Berlusconi loyalists massed outside the three-time former prime minister's luxury home in Rome to support their leader, as lawmakers from his party took the floor of the Senate one by one to back him.
"We are at a crossroads in the history of our country. Whatever happens today, a 20-year era is over," said Pier Ferdinando Casini from the centrist UDC party.