Italy’s ex-premier Berlusconi in Monaco hospital for tests

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MILAN (AP) – Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was hospitalized in the principality of Monaco to undergo medical tests for heart problems, his press office confirmed on Thursday.

The 84-year-old triple prime minister is expected to return home in a few days.

Berlusconi was hospitalized with COVID-19 for about 10 days last September and underwent heart surgery to replace an aortic valve in 2016. He has also beaten prostate cancer and a host of other ailments. He has been wearing a pacemaker for years.

Berlusconi has described his fight against COVID-19 as “insidious”, calling it the most dangerous challenge he has ever faced.

The media mogul no longer holds a public office, but remains at the head of his Forza Italia party and expresses himself in national politics.

In an interview this week, he urged political leaders to settle their differences after another former prime minister, Matteo Renzi, withdrew his support for the coalition government, threatening its survival. He called these “political games” embarrassment during the pandemic.

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