Italy's deputy prime minister Angelino Alfano gestures during a press conference in Rome on November 16, 2013. Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right party has split, in the latest blow for the scandal-tainted billionaire ex-premier, who may be voted out of parliament at the end of the month. Alfano, Berlusconi's former right-hand man, announced he would not remain at the side of his onetime mentor and would form his own party instead. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI
Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Angelino Alfano of the PDL (centre-right party led by Silvio Berlusconi) attends a press conference at Palazzo Chigi on October 9, 2013 in Rome, Italy. After asking all his ministers to resign, Silvio Berlusconi changed his mind and voted in support of the government as Prime Minister Enrico Letta gained the confidence vote at the Italian Senate on October 2nd.
Ministers of the PDL (centre-right party led by Silvio Berlusconi) (L-R) Gaetano Quagliariello, Beatrice Lorenzin and Angelino Alfano attend a press conference at Palazzo Chigi on October 9, 2013 in Rome, Italy. After asking all his ministers to resign, Silvio Berlusconi changed his mind and voted in support of the government as Prime Minister Enrico Letta gained the confidence vote at the Italian Senate on October 2nd.
Mayor of Milan Giuliano Pisapia, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, Governor of Lombardy Roberto Maroni and President of Milan province Guido Podesta attend a meeting on safety after a recent spate of violence in Milan, at Prefettura on May 21, 2013 in Milan, Italy. The violence, including a pickaxe rampage by a Ghanian immigrant two weeks ago that left three dead and a midday Molotov-cocktail robbery earlier today in the city center, is seeing an increase in the number of police on the streets.
Silvio Berlusconi (L), flanked by the secretary general of Popolo della Liberta (PDL) party Angelino Alfano (R), attends a meeting with candidates ahead of the upcoming elections in Italy at the Capranica Hall on January 25, 2013 in Rome, Italy. The former Italian prime minister Berlusconi will lead his centre-right coalition during the Italian elections scheduled for February 24.
Leader of Italy's centrist Catholic UDC party Pier Ferdinando Casini, TV conductor Bruno Vespa and secretary general of the Popolo della Liberta (PDL) party Angelino Alfano, attend 'Porta a Porta' Italian TV Show, while portraits of Silvio Berlusconi, Mario Monti and Pierluigi Bersani are displayed in the background on January 16, 2013 in Rome, Italy.
Italian Minister of Justice, Angelino Alfano, gives a speech during a ceremony for the opening of the judicial year on January 28, 2011 in Rome, Italy. Parliament has recently passed legislation to limit the length of trials, which critics suggest is a direct attempt to abort pending trials against the Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi. At the opening ceremony of the judicial year in Supreme Court, Minister of Justice, Angelino Alfano announced that the government had done much to improve the state of justice in Italy.