Mario Monti

Italy's Senate expels Silvio Berlusconi after tax fraud conviction

ROME -- The Senate in Italy voted to eject Silvio Berlusconi from its ranks on Wednesday, bringing a temporary end to the parliamentary career of the three-time prime minister who has dominated the country's politics for two decades.

With insults flying in the Senate chamber and Berlusconi’s supporters holding a noisy demonstration outside his Rome residence, senators decided to oust the 77-year-old media mogul after his tax fraud conviction in August. [Updated 11:57 a.m. PST Nov. 27: No formal vote on expulsion was held, but Berlusconi was ejected after the Senate rejected challenges to a proposal for his expulsion in a series of votes in which about 194...