Italian premier complains job is a burden

Oct. 8, 2011 at 12:59 PM
| License Photo

ROME, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi complained of the burden of working for the government after joking his party should change its name to "Go Pussy."

"Being in government is a great personal sacrifice for me, it's a burden I would gladly do without, but a government crisis is the last thing Italy needs at this time," Berlusconi said Friday.

Berlusconi said he would serve his term as premier until 2013, ANSA reported.

"Early elections are no use to anyone. Only the left is excited by the illusion of taking power. It would only create instability and open new opportunities for financial speculation," he said.

The opposition Democratic Party responded by saying Berlusconi "is the burden the whole country would gladly do without."

Criticism of Berlusconi increased after he jokingly suggested changing the name of his Freedom People party to "Forza Gnocca," or "Go Pussy," The Guardian reported.

"These are not jokes but a reflection of the view that Berlusconi and his coalition have of the country -- backward, vulgar and squalid," said Democratic senator Anna Finocchiaro.

Berlusconi is on trial in Milan for allegedly paying to have sex with an underage prostitute.

The leading Catholic publication "Famiglia Cristiana" told the premier: "If you are not ashamed, we will be ashamed for you. And we will say sorry, in your name, to the whole world."

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Kurds plan to carve state out of Iraq after fighting stops, leaders say
U.S. airstrike kills one of first Islamic State members in Syria
Former Russian oligarch Sergei Pugachyov suing kremlin for $15 billlion
Van hauling fireworks catches fire on I-15 near California-Nevada border
July 4 terror threats an annual but necessary ritual, experts say