Berlusconi Allies Threaten to Resign from Government

Berlusconi Allies Threaten to Resign from Government

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Lawmakers and ministers from Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom party threatened to resign from the government on Friday.

Supporters of Silvio Berlusconi threatened to resign from Italy's government on Friday after a verdict against the billionaire tycoon that could place him under house arrest and eject him from parliament, France24 reported.

"We are ready to resign to defend our ideal," Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, Berlusconi's closest ally from the People of Freedom party, was quoted by Italian media as saying at a meeting with the mogul.

Berlusconi himself reportedly said: "We have to ask for new elections as quickly as possible and win them."

Prime Minister Enrico Letta, who presides over the uneasy alliance between his centre-left Democratic Party (PD) and Berlusconi's centre-right coalition, earlier pleaded for calm "for the good of Italy".

But he added: "I do not think a deterioration is advantageous and I do not believe that continuing at any cost is in the interests of the country."

Italy's current government was installed following a two-month deadlock between Berlusconi and their eternal rivals, the PD, after close-run February elections in which both won around a third of the vote.



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