By Rachel Ogbu
The crowd made up of about 5,000 people shouted “mafioso” and “buffoon”
A mixture of cheers and boos greeted the departing Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, as he arrived at his Rome residence before he travelled to the Presidential palace to hand in his resignation yesterday.
The crowd made up of about 5,000 people shouted “mafioso” and “buffoon” as the prime minister entered the main building.
The country’s lower house of parliament approved, by a margin of 380 votes to 26, an urgently needed package of economic reforms designed to tackle the country’s €1.9 trillion debt, revive its sluggish economy and prevent it from going the way of Greece. After the vote, the 75-year-old billionaire media baron held a final meeting with his cabinet, and was then driven home to his official residence.
He later went up to the presidential palace, on Rome’s Quirinale Hill, where he gave his resignation to Italy’s 86-year-old president, Giorgio Napolitano, a former Communist.
Former European commissioner, Mario Monti is moving to form a new government to lead Italy out of an alarming debt crisis.