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Italian government teeters on the edge of collapse


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Italian government teeters on the edge of collapse

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta will call a confidence vote in parliament next week as tension in his party’s fragile coalition with Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom Party escalates.

Centre-right party members have threatened to walk out over the former premier’s battle against a tax fraud conviction. A Senate committee meeting on October 4 could spell the end of the coalition if it begins proceedings to expel their party leader from parliament under legislation that does not permit convicted criminals.

Letta met with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on Friday who if the government falls would have to either call new elections or try and oversee the formation of a new coalition. Both options are not ideal as Italy struggles to manage a persistent recession.

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