Berlusconi pushes to topple Italy govt despite dissent
ROME (AFP) - Italy's Silvio Berlusconi on Tuesday pressed ahead with plans to topple Prime Minister Enrico Letta but looked increasingly isolated as top aides from his party said they would support the government.
"Even though I understand the risks that I am taking on, I have decided to put an end to the Letta government," Berlusconi said in an emotional letter sent to the Catholic weekly magazine Tempi.
Berlusconi accused Mr Letta of allowing his "political assassination through judicial means" - a reference to his criminal conviction for tax fraud in August which triggered the current crisis.
In an apparent break with the flamboyant billionaire tycoon, his top aide, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, said lawmakers from Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PDL) party should back Letta in a confidence vote on Wednesday.