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Silvio Berlusconi suffering from leukaemia, doctors say

Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is affected by leukaemia, his physician revealed on Thursday, because the 86-year-old remained in intensive look after a second day present process therapy for a lung an infection.

Berlusconi, who was Italy’s longest-serving postwar prime minister, was admitted to the intensive care unit of Milan’s San Raffaele Hospital on Wednesday.

His private doctor, Alberto Zangrillo, mentioned in a Thursday assertion that Berlusconi had been recognized a while in the past with continual myelomonocytic leukaemia — or blood most cancers — leaving him extremely susceptible to such infections.

“Berlusconi is in intensive care to deal with a lung an infection,” the assertion mentioned. “The an infection has come within the context of a continual blood situation [from] which he has been struggling for a while.”

Information of the leukaemia prognosis — which the usually ebullient Berlusconi had hid till now — has shocked Italy, a rustic that he had held in his thrall since he burst on to the political scene at 57 with the launch of the Forza Italia (“Go, Italy”) occasion in 1994. He was sworn in as prime minister simply two months later.

Regardless of his superior years, recurring well being issues and his many authorized troubles, Berlusconi has remained energetic in Italian politics.

His personality-centric Forza Italia is a remnant of its former self, having received simply 8 per cent of the vote in final yr’s common elections. However Berlusconi’s grouping is a vital part of Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s three-party rightwing coalition, even when he has generally visibly chafed at being subordinated to her management.

Forza Italia mentioned on Thursday morning that Berlusconi had spoken to occasion leaders, together with overseas minister Antonio Tajani, on the phone and had “despatched his loving greetings and beneficial most dedication to the Parliament, the federal government and the occasion, as a result of the nation wants us”.

Nevertheless, in his personal tv look on state broadcaster RAI, Tajani mentioned: “We are able to’t discuss to him as a result of he’s in intensive care, however the message he has given us is to work.”

Berlusconi’s relations, together with his youthful brother Paolo, his eldest daughter Marina, and others amongst his 5 youngsters, have been coming and going from the hospital since he was rushed there on Wednesday.

Berlusconi has been repeatedly hospitalised in recent times as he battled main well being issues, beginning with main coronary heart surgical procedure in 2016. In September 2020 he contracted Covid-19 whereas on vacation at his villa in Sardinia and have become severely ailing from the virus, which he later referred to as “probably the most harmful problem” he had ever confronted.

Berlusconi was in hospital for a couple of days final month, although little data was launched on the time. After returning dwelling, he claimed he was again and “decided” to work.

Regardless of his well being issues, Berlusconi — who lately held a fake nuptial ceremony together with his 33-year-old fiancée — has not laid out any clear succession plan for Forza Italia, which many consider may implode with out his unifying presence.

Berlusconi’s media empire has been run by Marina and a number of other of his different youngsters for a few years. However the firm that when revolutionised Italian tv — by bringing racy American collection reminiscent of Baywatch to audiences as soon as hostage to a staid public broadcaster — has seen a decline in its advert revenues, because it struggles to compete with new world rivals reminiscent of Netflix.

Further reporting by Giuliana Ricozzi in Rome