Italy’s PM Takes Crisis to Parliament
Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta is to go to parliament to seek a way out of the crisis engulfing his coalition government.
A confidence vote will be held in parliament on Wednesday after ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi pulled his five ministers out of the administration on Saturday.
But those ministers have now given mixed signals as to whether they are actually leaving the government.
After meeting the prime minister, President Napolitano said the rebel ministers' equivocation had led to a "climate of evident uncertainty regarding possible developments".
Because of that, Letta would go before parliament to see "what could be done".
President Napolitano is trying to bring about the formation of a new coalition without calling elections.
"The president of the republic dissolves the parliament only in case there is no chance of finding a majority and therefore a new government in the interest of the country," he said before Sunday evening's meeting with Letta.
The crisis follows weeks of worsening ties between Berlusconi's party and Letta's grouping.
Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PDL) objects to a planned increase in sales tax, which is part of wider government policy to reduce big public debts.
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