Opposition takes on scandal-plagued Berlusconi
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 00:06
Rome: Italy's opposition charged on Tuesday that Premier Silvio Berlusconi's sex scandal has damaged the image of the Italian government, as a news weekly released more recordings of what appear to be conversations he had with a prostitute.

In a motion before the Senate, the opposition called on politicians to show "decorum" in their private lives and be cautious in their acquaintances, the latest fallout from the scandal surrounding Berlusconi's alleged encounters with young women.

Yesterday, the Italian news weekly L'Espresso released tape recordings of what it said was the night Berlusconi spent with the escort. It released further recordings today, including what appears to be an explicit conversation between the two.

The premier's lawyer has disputed the veracity of the tapes, saying they were "the fruit of invention."

The motion presented today by the center-left Democratic Party says the scandal "has objectively weakened the image and authority of the Italian government."

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, July 22, 2009, 00:06

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