'Berlusconi ineligible' spat hits govt

PdL irked over PD whip's assertion

'Berlusconi ineligible' spat hits govt

Rome, May 16 - A fresh spat over a never-applied legal bar to media magnate Silvio Berlusconi's holding public office because he owns government licences hit Enrico Letta's new left-right government Thursday. "According to (an Italian) law (of 1957) Silvio Berlusconi is ineligible for office because he is a (government) licensee," Democratic Party (PD) Senate Whip Luigi Zanda said. Anna Maria Bernini, interim spokesperson for Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party, said Zanda's words were "mines planted under the political ground the Letta government is acting on". Long-time enemies PD and PdL forged an unprecedented alliance after two months of post-election stalemate in April. Berlusconi's legal woes, including a trial for alleged sex with a minor, and differences over tax reform are among the main issues creating strains in the fledgling administration. The 'ineligibility' issue was also revived after Berlusconi's ownership of Italy's three main non-State TV channels helped boost his recent political comeback. His flagship channel aired a programme Friday that presented his defence in the Milan sex trial, sparking controversy. The prosecutor in that trial has requested a life ban from public office. The PD is also worried about plans the PdL floated Wednesday to allegedly gag the judiciary with a new restrictive law on wiretaps.

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