Italy PM to go before parliament

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta is set to go before parliament for a solution to cope with the political crisis around his coalition government.

“We evaluated a very complicated and complex situation and decided to go before parliament as soon as possible,” Letta told Italian television on Sunday shortly after meeting with President Giorgio Napolitano.

Letta has planned to call a confidence vote in the parliament on Wednesday.

The crisis engulfing the coalition government is mainly triggered by Berlusconi’s center-right People of Freedom (PDL) party.

On Saturday, all Italian ministers from Berlusconi’s party resigned en masse in protest to the government™s order to increase sales tax.

“We face a dramatic moment and a turning point,” said Letta, adding, “I will ask for the confidence of both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies…not for three days only to start over again, but to go ahead and pursue our agenda.”

The center-left premier further noted that “If I do not get it, I will draw my conclusions… I don’t intend to govern at all costs.”

On Saturday, Napolitano pointed out that he did not want new polls in the country.

“We need a parliament that discusses and works, not that breaks up every now and then,” he said in the city of Naples.

The Italian president added, “We do not need continuous election campaigns, we need continuity of the government’s actions, decisions and its measures to resolve the problems of this country.”

Inconclusive results in February’s election had forced the center-left Democratic Party and PDL into a coalition. Opinion polls suggest that the two traditionally rival parties have roughly equal support among Italian voters.

Napolitano and business leaders have warned that any new election would probably produce another stalemate in Italy as the eurozone’s third-largest economy is still mired in recession.

Italy struggles to manage a two-year-long recession, a two-trillion-euro ($2.7-trillion) public debt as well as a youth unemployment rate of around 40 percent.


Copyright: Press TV