Italian PM under siege by more allegations

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Series Details 6.10.09
Publication Date 06/10/2009
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Italy's top court begins on the 6 October 2009 deciding whether Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has immunity from prosecution whilst in office, article reports that the latest allegations of corruption levelled by an Italian court against Silvio Berlusconi add to a sense of a prime minister under siege, protected only by his influence over the media, his personal wealth and immunity from prosecution granted by his sizeable majority in parliament.

Yet, the article goes on, they also serve to demonstrate the lack of an alternative from a centre-left opposition that is riven by infighting, and the absence of a clear successor to emerge from within his own ranks.

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