SILVIO BERLUSCONI has re-entered the political fray in Italy, with his centre-right coalition confirmed late on Monday as the winners of a regional election in Sicily.
Italian commentators expect that the victory for Nello Musumeci — representing a coalition including the xenophobic Northern League and Mr Berlusconi’s right-wing Forza Italia — will translate into a good result in next year’s parliamentary elections.
Ex-premier Mr Berlusconi cannot run for office in that vote because of a 2013 conviction for tax fraud, though he is trying to overturn it at the European Court of Human Rights.
It marks a return to politics for the octogenarian, who is currently being reinvestigated over his connection to deadly 1990s mafia bombings allegedly conducted to help him win the 1994 election.
His prospects do not appear to have been dented by that, nor his tax cheating, nor his “bunga bunga” sex parties — including a conviction for child prostitution that was overturned because the judge thought that Mr Berlusconi might not have known the girl was underage.