Silvio Berlusconi dies at 86: Tributes pour in for Italy’s ex-PM

The passing of Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s former prime minister and business magnate, at the age of 86 has prompted an outpouring of tributes from political figures, sports icons, and international leaders. Berlusconi’s influence on Italian politics and his notoriety for financial and intercourse scandals have made him a divisive figure in the country’s history.
Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his admiration for Berlusconi, calling him a “dear, wise pal.” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban referred to the late politician as a “great fighter,” while Italian Prime Minister Georgia Meloni praised Berlusconi’s braveness and willpower. Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini described Berlusconi as a “great man and a fantastic Italian,” and former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi acknowledged the numerous impression Berlusconi had on Italy’s political, economic, and cultural landscape.
Italian Defence Minister Guido Crosetto declared that an period has ended with Berlusconi’s dying, whereas Real Madrid supervisor Carlo Ancelotti expressed gratitude for the time they spent together during Berlusconi’s ownership of AC Milan. European Parliament President Roberta Metsola remembered Berlusconi as a “fighter” who left an enduring mark on Italy and Europe. On demand recalled Berlusconi as a “striking and passionate politician,” and former Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša remembered him as an excellent pal to Slovenia..

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