Italy’s Prime Minister Enrico Letta is trying to shore up support ahead of a confidence vote in parliament on October 2.
The crisis was sparked by the resignation of five ministers from Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom (PDL) party at the weekend.
There are, however, an increasing number of reports of PDL lawmakers who may be prepared to break from Berlusconi and support Letta’s government.
On the streets of Rome, many Italians are completely fed up with the whole saga.
Asked what the politicians should be doing, one man said: “They need to come up with a solution and work together for the good of the country – or it’ll collapse.”
One exasperated woman said: “They should all go. Enough! We can’t take any more!”
Italy struggled through a lengthy political stalemate after inconclusive elections in February – before Letta’s government was finally formed.