Silvio Berlusconi is fighting for his political life after the country’s largest opposition party called a no-confidence vote in parliament.
The Italian prime minister is still in the Korean capital Seoul for the G20.
Already faced with calls to go from inside his government the parliamentary motion piles even more pressure on Berlusconi to quit because of a spate of sex scandal allegations.
Luigi Zanda from the opposition Democratic Party said: “This political dance has lasted for too long, meanwhile our public debt has risen to record levels. After the G20, Berlusconi has to come back, go before parliament and resign.”
On top of the no-confidence vote, likely to be held on Monday, rival Gianfranco Fini threatened to pull four allies out of the ruling government coalition, if Berlusconi did not fall on his sword.
Benedetto Della Vedova of Fini’s People of Freedom party said: “We’ve offered Berlusconi a new government, a government of change, stronger, and able to deal with the problems of the cabinet and country. If his answer is to resist and he doesn’t go, he’ll plunge the country into crisis.”
After a year-long alliance with Berlusconi, Fini broke ranks with the billionaire earlier this year, helping to found the right-wing People of Freedom party. Despite the split, for the moment, loyalists to Fini remain in the government.