PdL ministers plot government's future
Heavyweights from Berlusconi's party hold summit10 September, 19:06
Ministers at the meeting included Angelino Alfano, deputy premier and PdL secretary; Renato Brunetta, leader of the PdL in the House; Constitutional Reform Minister Gaetano Quagliariello; Infrastructure Minister Maurizio Lupi; and Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin.
The PdL, which shares government power with the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), have threatened to pull out of their alliance and topple the government over a looming Senate panel vote.
The PdL says it will take that drastic step if the PD votes Tuesday night to reject its petitions designed at postponing a decision on whether Berlusconi should be stripped of his Senate seat over a tax fraud conviction.