said his departure would come after Italy's Parliament approves a package of austerity measures demanded by the European Union.
is accused of having sex with Moroccan night-club dancer Karima el Mahroug, known by her stage name Ruby, when she was 17, below the legal age for prostitution in Italy.
Until 2006, Berlusconi
relied on three supporters: Northern League federalists, the post-fascists led by Gianfranco Fini, and the Catholic Union of the Center (UDP), under Pier Ferdinando Casini's leadership.
Friday's announcement comes a week after Berlusconi
lost his comfortable absolute majority in parliament, when Gianfranco Fini, a long-time ally, split from Berlusconi
's People of Freedom party.
The 42-year-old man accused of attacking Mr Berlusconi
as he signed autographs was immediately taken into custody.
Gaspare Mutolo, 69, who claims he murdered 30 people during his 25 years in the Mafia, says in the 1970s he was ordered to kidnap Berlusconi
, then a wealthy property developer.
gave his first direct response in an interview with gossip magazine Chi.
The photos came to light amid a scandal involving Berlusconi
and Naples model Noemi Letizia, whose 18th birthday party the premier attended several weeks ago.
called opposition voters 'coglioni' or testicles.
at international soccer games--which is where Berlusconi
got the name--but just as Brits would never actually chant "Go for it, Britain
Dressed up as a tropical dictator in a sketch by the great Italian political cartoonist Altan, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
wears a double-breasted camouflage jacket, a goony grin on his face and a large banana slung over his hip like a machete.
Dario Fo, the radical, Nobel Prize-winning Italian playwright and actor, has finally set his satirical sights on Italy's notorious prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi