Berlusconi queued inside his polling station in Milan before he was able to vote. But as he entered the room a Femen activist jumped on the table and shouted: “You’ve passed your expiry date. Your time’s up!”
After the activist was escorted out by police officers, Berlusconi said: “She left so quickly I didn’t get a change to see her,” before casting his ballot and leaving the polling station.
Berlusconi’s centre-right coalition, which includes the far-right League (Lega) and Brothers of Italy (Fratelli d’Italia), is expected to win the most seats but fall short of a working majority, but he cannot personally stand for office because of a 2013 conviction for tax fraud.
The four-time prime minister named on Tuesday (February 27) European President Antonio Tajani, a Forza Italia co-founder in 1994, as his preferred premier candidate. Tajani later confirmed on Twitter that he would be willing to stand as prime minister.