Battered Berlusconi Leaves Hospital
Doctors tell Italian PM to rest two weeks following attack
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2009 10:52 AM CST
Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi waves from his car as he arrives at his home in Arcore, Italy, Thursday, Dec.17, 2009.   (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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(Newser) – A heavily bandaged Silvio Berlusconi left San Raffaele Hospital in Milan today, though doctors told him to get a few weeks rest following his assault. The Italian prime minister waved to the media as he was driven away in his motorcade. Before heading home he was taken to his dentist, who spent three hours rebuilding and repairing teeth broken in the attack.

“If, after what happened, there is a better awareness of the need for calmer and more honest language in Italian politics, this pain will not have been in vain,” Berlusconi said in a statement after his release. “These last days I have felt that even some political opposition leaders have come closer.”