Italy confidence vote set as left-right coalition teeters
ROME (AFP) - Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta called a parliamentary vote of confidence in his teetering left-right government on Wednesday amid a tug-of-war over Silvio Berlusconi's legal woes.
"We evaluated a very complicated and complex situation and decided to go before parliament as soon as possible," Mr Letta told Italian television shortly after meeting on Sunday with President Giorgio Napolitano.
The crisis was sparked when Mr Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom (PDL) party pulled its ministers out of the barely five-month-old coalition government.
The shock move "created an obvious climate of uncertainty," Mr Napolitano said in a statement after meeting with Mr Letta for an hour and a half, adding that the two agreed to seek "clarification" before parliament.