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Why We’re Ungovernable, Part 8: Washington Shuts Down, Rome Falls

by John Rubino, Dollar Collapse:

Italy’s Coalition Teeters as Berlusconi Allies Walk Out

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta’s government teetered on the verge of collapse after allies of former leader Silvio Berlusconi, led by Deputy Premier Angelino Alfano, said they planned to quit the cabinet.

The nation’s leaders stopped short of dissolving the five-month-old administration, invoking procedure and scheduling a meeting between Letta and President Giorgio Napolitano today for about 6 p.m. in Rome.

Berlusconi, 77, said he will push for snap elections, while Letta plans a confidence vote in parliament on Oct. 1 or 2 to seek a new majority. Napolitano, 88, said dissolving parliament would be a last resort, Ansa reported.

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