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Silvio Berlusconi’s ‘greatest' hits

Silvio Berlusconi is back in the headlines after he was forced into an embarrassing U-turn over his support of the government of Prime Minister Enrico Letta in a crucial parliamentary vote.

While it has been almost two years since he was forced to resign as prime minister, Berlusconi has never been out of the Italian political spotlight.

One of politics' greatest survivors in his eight-and-a-half years in power, Berlusconi has managed to shrug off many scandals. But it now seems that members of his party are tiring of Berlusconi's antics.

Earlier this weekend, Italy's longest-serving prime minister, ordered ministers from his People of Freedom party (PdL) to resign from government, forcing current premier Enrico Letta to call a vote of confidence in what left of his fragile coalition government.

However, members of his own PdL party have since rebelled, arguing it would be a mistake to let the government fall. Now the former prime minister has said his party will vote in favor of Letta.

Berlusconi was forced to resign as prime minister in November 2011 after failing to demonstrate majority support in a vote in the lower house of Parliament.

The former prime minister, Italy's longest-serving, is preparing to face a vote to remove him from his seat in the upper house after Italy's highest appeal court upheld his conviction for tax fraud.

The 77-year-old billionaire -- long associated with sex scandals and accusations of inefficiency and failing to tackle Italy's structural problems -- may no longer be deemed a credible figure to lead his party.

Continue reading for some of the prime minister's "greatest" hits that offended millions of his fellow countrymen and a good portion of the world's leaders.

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