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Italian court lifts ban on Berlusconi running for public office

An Italian court has lifted a ban on three-time former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi running for elected office, Italy’s media reported Saturday, clearing the way for yet another political comeback.

The decision comes as the leaders of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and the far-right League inch closer to a deal for a coalition government, just days after Berlusconi signalled he would not block such an agreement.

The Corriere Della Sera reported that a Milan court ordered the immediate “rehabilitation” of Berlusconi on Saturday, which “cancels all the effects” of his 2013 tax fraud conviction — including a ban on holding elected office.

The ban on the 81-year-old media mogul, who is notorious for his “Bunga Bunga” sex parties, had originally been until 2019 and the court’s decision taken on Friday was made a month ahead of schedule, the newspaper added.

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