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Berlusconi supports Letta government in vote U-turn

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Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2013-10-02

Italy's Silvio Berlusconi announced on Wednesday his party would support Prime Minister Enrico Letta's government after all, in a humiliating climbdown after key allies rebelled against his bid to topple the government.

Silvio Berlusconi has announced his party will vote to support the government of Premier Enrico Letta, a major turnabout that signals he was defeated in his efforts to bring down the government.

In brief remarks Wednesday before the confidence vote, Berlusconi said:

“Italy needs a government that can produce structural and institutional reforms that the country needs to modernize. We have decided, not without internal strife, to vote in confidence.”

It was a huge setback for Berlusconi. He had demanded his five Cabinet ministers quit the government and bring it down. He is incensed at a vote planned Friday that could strip him of his Senate seat following his tax fraud conviction and four-year prison sentence.

(AP)

Date created : 2013-10-02

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