Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi slumped at the podium during a speech
to political supporters in northern Italy today.
Supporters said he had fallen ill because of the strong emotion of the
After some 40 minutes of railing against Premier Romano Prodi's centre-left
government, Berlusconi suddenly looked weak .
Officials had to run onto the stage as he slumped in front of the political rally
Former Chamber of Deputies speaker Irene Pivetti, told the crowd that Berlusconi
``fallen ill because the tension, because of the emotion'' of the speech.