Italian President Giorgio Napolitano will meet with Prime Minister Mario Monti on Saturday to discuss the future of the government.
Napolitano has the final say on when to call the election or dissolve parliament. He met with party leaders on Friday in Rome and said that Silvio Berlusconi’s PDL party had lost confidence in Mario Monti’s government but that they also want a controlled end to his term.
PDL leader Angelino Alfano reiterated his stance that their recent no confidence votes were designed to show disapproval, not destabilise the government.
President Napolitano is especially keen not to panic international markets in the run up to a general election.
Political Analyst Giovanni Orsina told Euronews:
“It seems that Berlusconi has decided that he wants to be back and he wants to fight the elections on an anti-Monti platform. Once these things have been decided, let’s say that the struggling arena is quite clear.”
The centre-left Democratic Party has agreed to continue to support Monti.
But much could yet simply depend on whether or not Berlusconi decides to run for a fifth term as prime minister.