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Cabinet holds snap meeting amid threats to topple govt


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Rome, August 26 - Premier Enrico Letta called a
snap meeting Monday with core members of his fragile coalition
government amid concerns of a government collapse surrounding
ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's possible ouster from the Senate.
Joining Letta were Deputy Premier Angelino Alfano, the No.2
in Berlusconi's center-right People of Freedom party, as well as
Economy Minister Fabrizio Saccomanni and Regional Affairs
Minister Graziano Delrio.
Government sources said the meeting is centered around the
controversial IMU property tax, which the cabinet is scheduled
to rule on once and for all on Wednesday.
The PdL upped threats Monday to topple the government if it
does not roll back the tax on primary residences, a major
campaign promise of Berlusconi during February elections.
The threat has added to concerns of a government meltdown
surrounding a vote in the Senate next month to strip Berlusconi
of his seat in the Upper House following his first-ever binding
conviction on August 1 for tax fraud.
The PdL says it will pull out of the government and force
new elections if members of the center-left Democratic Party
(PD) vote to ratify the office ban.

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