Mercoledì, 24 Ottobre 2018

Alfano says Monti still has PdL support


Rome, October 29 - The secretary of Silvio
Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party on
Monday said it was still backing the government despite threats
from the former premier to bring it down.
"At this moment we are supporting it because taxes have not
gone up. As far as the government of (Premier Mario) Monti
concerns us, things are unchanged," said Angelino Alfano.
Berlusconi, who was convicted of tax fraud on Friday,
criticised Monti on Saturday, days after saying his unelected
administration of non-political technocrats was doing a good job
at tackling the economic crisis despite some mistakes.
His comments were blasted by the the centre-left Democratic
Party and the centrist UDC, both of which support Monti's
administration in parliament, as Berlusconi's PdL has done since
the financial crisis forced the ex-premier to resign last year.
But tellingly, they were also given a cool reception from
some parts of the PdL.
Fabrizio Cicchitto, House whip for the PdL, expressed
concern that Italy's borrowing costs would rise if there were
moves to bring down the government because the ensuing political
instability would hit investor confidence.
There is even speculation that the PdL could split if
Berlusconi follows through on his threat and tries to bring down
the government.
Several senior PdL figures, including Alfano, Cicchitto and
former foreign minister Franco Frattini, are said to be willing
to break away and support the Monti government in parliament to
stop it falling.

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