Key witness in prostitution of minor trials involving Italy ex-Premier Minister Silvio Berlusconi has died after suspecting being poisoned. A murder probe has been opened into a Moroccan-origin model Imane Fadil death, police said, adding she died after month of “agony“.
Imane Fadil (34), was awake until the end despite progressive organ failure, treated in Humanitas Clinic at Rozzano near Milan where she had been admitted in the end of January.
Ms.Fadil shared with her relatives and lawyer her fears of being poisoned.
Berlusconi was cleared of paying for sex services for an underage prostitute after Court established he did not know Ruby (Karima El Mahroug) was a minor, while she participated in the bunga bunga parties.
Silvio Berlusconi supports his ally, the leader of the Lega Nord party, Matteo Salvini in his bid for the negotiations in forming of the Italian government.
The leader of Forza Italia, and a former prime minister, Berlusconi confirmed that his pre-election coalition pact between Lega Nord and his own Forza party is valid, and the would back Salvini’s efforts in assembling a new government.
“In full respect of our agreement, we will now loyally support attempts by Salvini to form a government,” Berlusconi said. “I am here to support him, to guarantee the solidity of the coalition and keep our commitments with the voters.”
Italians demonstrate high level of participation at polling stations on Sunday to vote in an election after a campaign marked by a profound discontent over the economy, unemployment and mass immigration from Africa.
Pollsters forecast indicates that former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s center-right party Forza Italia and his far-right allies Lega Nord will become the largest bloc in parliament, however the chances to win majority are feeble.
The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement is leading as the biggest single party, embracing wide discontent over corruption and poverty, while the ruling center-left bloc led by the Democratic Party is following in third place.
The elections have been animated by an activist of FEMEN, who attacked Silvio Berlusconi, while he was intending to drop his ballot. She screamed and yelled at Berlusconi, sending him home for being too old for the political contest for country’s leadership.
Antonio Tajani (63) (EPP, Italy), Silvio Berlusconi loyalist is to lead the European Parliament for the next two and a half years, being elected in an elaborate, but highly symbolical procedure in the fourth round by simple majority.
The European People’s party (EPP) claimed the seat after the agreement was broken by the Socialists, who prolonged the term under pretext of keeping the overall institutional balance, introducing to positions of power candidates of major political forces.
The EPP abandoned the custom to promote the leader of the political group, when Manfred Weber declined the promotion. However it did not use the chance for renewal of the institution’s image, to make it closer to younger European electorate, preferring an’old guard’ of Berlusconi, who once upon a time started as his spokesperson, and later was promoted to European Commissioner twice, the second time with a heavily Industry portfolio.
Till present one of the 14 vice-presidents of the EP, Tajani is an experienced EU ‘apparatchik’ who is highly skilled in complex mechanics of political decision-making. Having the biggest political group behind him, Tajani has been the ‘favorite’ of the election process right from the start, in spite of the dark clouds gathering over his head -the car emissions scandal during his period of heading EU Industries as Commissioner. Seemingly the EPP has given him indulgence already, taking into consideration his loyalty to European project, and at most ‘requested’ nationality. The need to promote an Italian to position of power is largely seen as an antidote to growing Euro scepticism in the country.
Next to the High Representative Federica Mogherini, who is heading the European External Action Service, Tajani becomes the second Italian in top position at the EU institution, standing more for profound crisis in Italy’s relations with the EU, than personal achievements.