Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

Carlos Tavares, CEO of PSA Peugeot-Citroën

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Demobilisation in DR Congo: 100 ex-fighters die of starvation

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'France is sinking!'

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Algerian jihadists execute French hostage

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

UMP presidential nomination: May the best man win!

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Famine in South Sudan: 4 million struggling to find enough to eat

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Peugeot at Paris Motor Show: 'We are recovering'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

France defends deficit reduction delay in 2015 budget

Read more

FOCUS

Can Italy's Prime minister live up to his ambitious agenda?

Read more

Europe

Berlusconi supports Letta government in vote U-turn

© AFP

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

  • ITALY

    Allies desert Berlusconi as confidence vote looms

    Read more

  • ITALY

    Italian PM seeks vote of confidance amid crisis

    Read more

  • ITALY

    Berlusconi conviction 'definitive', Italy's president says

    Read more

COMMENT(S)