Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Letta says would be 'crime' to bring down govt

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Rome, August 2 - Premier Enrico Letta said Friday
that it would be a "crime" if his left-right government
collapsed after the supreme court upheld a tax-fraud conviction
against Silvio Berlusconi.
The already fragile government is seen as in greater peril
after the ruling, which makes Berlusconi ineligible to run in
future elections.
"It would be a crime not to keep going, to stop in the
worst way, because the government's work is starting to bear
fruit," Letta told a meeting of the small centrist Civic Choice
party of his predecessor Mario Monti, which supports his
administration.
"The results are within reach and we can already touch
them".
Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom (PdL)
government has so far said it will keep backing the executive
and so has Letta's centre-left Democratic Party (PD).
But the strained alliance between traditional foes is under
huge pressure, with PdL MPs rallying around Berlusconi while
many PD lawmakers enthusiastically stress that their party
should vote to have Berlusconi stripped of his status as
Senator.
Letta said that political instability is the last thing
Italy needs.
The country is still battling to emerge fron its longest
recession in over two decades and it flirted with a Greek-style
meltdown less than two years ago, when Berlusconi was forced to
step down as premier at the height to the eurozone crisis to
make way for Monti's emergency technocrat administration.
"The stability of the government is fundamental, including
at the international level, as it's one of the main factors to
attract foreign investment," said Letta, whose government took
power in April to end two months of political deadlock after
February's inconclusive general election.

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