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Italian president set to meet prime minister as Italy waits for next move in political crisis

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Italian president set to meet prime minister as Italy waits for next move in political crisis


Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano has said holding new elections is the last solution he wants to pursue ahead of a meeting with the prime minister.

The country’s economy minister has played down the risk the markets will punish Italy when they open on Monday while on the streets the voters are divided after Silvio Berlusconi pulled his PDL party ministers out of the cabinet.

“It’s a mess now and it will be even more so when they call new elections because we will be the ones paying for it. I think left or right, it is the same, the crisis is here and is not going away, it’ll just be felt a little more or a little less,” opined Raffaele Giglio a waiter in Rome.

Gabriele Brescia a tourist to the capital said “I think Berlusconi miscalculated. I think they will now try to restore the balance that was there until a few days ago. If that doesn’t work then I think the president will look for a new solution to find a majority to govern. However I don’t see us going to the vote in the near future.”

Prime Minister Enrico Letta will talk with the president on Sunday afternoon in a meeting which could define the way ahead. He is aiming to address parliament early next week. The political jockeying is now intense to try and form a majority. It’s thought getting the backing of dissident MPs from Berlusconi’s PDL party could be key.

The ex- prime minister may be out of office and discredited but his presence still haunts the political landscape. Friction between his party and Letta’s centre left had been rising for weeks following moves to expel Berlusconi from parliament after his conviction for tax fraud last month.

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