Mario Mantovani, the Deputy-Governor and Minister of Health of Lombardy, was arrested on Tuesday on charges of corruption, extortion and tempering with public procurement procedures.
Mr Mantovani was one of the last strongmen of Berlusconi’s agonizing Go Italy party. Most of the Cavaliere’s lieutenants defected, the last one being Denis Verdini who was instrumental in passing key reforms sponsored by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
The newspaper La Repubblica reported that the party HQ in Rome is in disarray with empty rooms, dirty spaces and many employees put on a reduced salary.
Berlusconi is looking less and less interested in politics, and he seldom attends party events.
Matteo Salvini, the leader of the Northern League party, is already considered the new leader of the Italian right. However, he has no hope of defeating Mr Renzi unless he forges an alliance with Berlusconi, but the latter does not even seem interested in negotiating.
According to the Italian edition of the Huffington Post, the Five Stars Movement is the only credible challenge to Mr Renzi’s Democratic Party.