Rome, January 30 - Italy is chuckling at Premier Silvio Berlusconi's latest election stunt, a vow of chastity. The press is having a field day with the pledge, claiming it as evidence that the fun-loving premier will stop at nothing in his single-handed effort to overtake his centre-left opponents by election day on April 9 .
Monday's Corriere della Sera said "Berlusconi has introduced a new game into his one-man reality show, the Berlusconi Chastity Countdown" ."
....Corriere noted that the no-sex pledge came after a midweek radio interview in which the premier was asked whether he had been faithful to his wives ."Frequently," he quipped in reply .
Berlusconi has been married for 16 years to former film starlet Veronica Lario, 48, whose main claim to fame before her marriage was a scantily clad appearance in a cult film by Italian goremeister Dario Argento .
Lario has given the premier three school-age children while his first wife, Carla Dall'Oglio, produced two scions who have been groomed to take over his media empire .