Shedding past scandals, Berlusconi barrels ahead with comeback

Shedding past scandals, Berlusconi barrels ahead with comebackSidestepping sex scandals, serial gaffes and legal woes, Silvio Berlusconi’s astonishing return to frontline politics rolled on Sunday at a party gathering where adoring supporters feted the billionaire mogul as Italy’s next kingmaker. Berlusconi, dressed in black with oiled-back hair and a dayglo smile, spoke for more than two hours at the event in Milan, beguiling the audience just a week before general elections with his trademark mix of populist rhetoric and baudy humour. Although barred from public office owing to a tax fraud conviction, Berlusconi is hoping to position himself as a key dealmaker in the next government if his coalition wins a majority in parliament on March 4.



Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines