Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi gestures during a speech to supporters Wednesday in Rome. Tony Gentile /Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Former Prime Minister and leader of Forza Italia, Silvio Berlusconi speaks on Wednesday at the Senate in Rome. Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Silvio Berlusconi spoke Saturday at a rally in Brescia, Italy. The former prime minister could face a jail term of six years and a lifetime ban from holding political office in a sex-for-hire case. Antonio Calanni/AP hide caption

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Workers open ballots in a polling station in Rome on Tuesday following Italy's general elections. The initial results showed a close race with no clear-cut winner, a development that made financial markets jumpy. Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, left, holds the hand of Reforms Minister Umberto Bossi during a must-watched vote at the Lower Chamber, in Rome, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011. Andrew Medichini/AP hide caption

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Official cars and drivers are seen in front of Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi's residence, left, during a "Popolo della Liberta'", People of Freedom, coalition meeting, in Rome. Andrew Medichini/AP hide caption

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Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, seen here in a file photo, has seen his approval rating hit record lows. And now he's angered many in his own party by jokingly suggesting a lewd name change.

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