Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018

Italian industry chief says no alternative to Letta govt


(see related story on Berlusconi)
Rome, August 5 - There is no alternative to Premier
Enrico Letta's executive, the head of Italian industrial
employers confederation Confindustria said Monday.
Letta's left-right grand coalition government is under
threat after a tax-fraud conviction against ex-premier Silvio
Berlusconi was upheld by the supreme court last week.
There have been threats from Berlusconi's People of
Freedom (PdL) party for its lawmakers and its ministers to quit
en masse, which would bring down the executive cobbled together
in April to end two months of deadlock after February's
inconclusive general election.
Three-time premier Berlusconi suggested Friday he would
sink the government to spark early elections unless Letta's
government quickly introduced reforms of the justice system,
although on Sunday he vowed to continue supporting the
administration at a rally outside his Rome home.
Berlusconi says he is innocent of tax fraud and argues he
is the victim of a campaign of persecution by leftwing elements
in the judiciary that started when the billionaire media magnate
embarked on a political career two decades ago.
Letta, a member of the centre-left Democratic Party, said
after Sunday's rally that he was pleased Berlusconi had renewed
his support for the government, while stressing he was waiting
to see whether his actions would match his words.
Confindustria President Giorgio Squinzi, meanwhile,
reiterated his view that Italy cannot afford a government
crisis, as the country seeks to climb out of its longest
recession in over 20 years.
"The Letta executive is the only government that it was
possible put in place after an anomalous election result,"
Squinzi told QN.
"And there are no alternatives to this government. Whether
you like it or not, we all have to support it because the real
economy needs immediate responses".
Squinzi said the priorities must be for the government to
keep moving on payment of an estimated 90 million euros the
public sector owes private forms and to reduce labour taxes.

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