Government reforms key to stability, says premier
If government fails, exit from crisis will be slowed, says Letta19 September, 19:58
"If the government does not make it, the recovery will be slower and more complex," Letta said.
That would also hamper work on improving Italian election laws and other measures under way to improve workings of government, he said.
Letta's fragile coalition government has been on the brink of collapse since last month's decision by Italy's supreme court to uphold a tax-fraud conviction against centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi.
Since then, Berlusconi's allies in his People of Freedom (PdL) party have threatened to destroy the coalition if Letta's Democratic Party (PD) carries through with a vote to strip Berlusconi of his Senate seat.
In the last few days, however, Berlusconi has seemingly accepted the loss of his seat and suggested his supporters won't bring down the coalition because of the threat to stability.