No Happy Thanksgiving news or its Italian equivalent for ousted leader Silvio Berlusconi.
The "Bunga Bunga" party coordinator has been voted out of parliament by the Italian Senate, following his conviction in August for tax fraud in a case pertaining to Hollywood movie deals done by his Mediaset TV empire.Variety reported that the Italian Senate booted out the media-mogul-turned politician on Wednesday based on a 2012 law that bans anyone sentenced to more than two years in prison from holding or running for public office for six years.
The vote means most likely that Berlusconi will be barred from any parliamentary seat of power again.
Berlusconi, 77, heads up the Forza Italia party, now in the opposition.
During the tense vote Berlusconi’s supporters gathered in front of his central Rome palazzo Wednesday for a massive rally, considered the start of Italy’s next electoral campaign.
Variety speculates he will do minimal time, if any at all, and faces one year of community service due to the tax-fraud conviction.
Berlusconi was also indicted on charges of bribing a senator in an attempt to bring down former premier Romano Prodi’s government in 2007 too.
And there's more! Berlusconi is also appealing a conviction handed down in June on charges of having sex with an underage girl and abusing his office to cover it up.