Fiat boss backs Letta, says Italy needs stability
Berlusconi party lawmakers threaten to resign en masse26 September, 11:40
Letta's grand-coalition executive is in danger of collapsing in the fallout of last month's decision by the supreme court to uphold a tax-fraud conviction against centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi.
On Wednesday lawmakers for Berlusconi's Forza Italia (FI) party agreed to resign en masse and cause the left-right government to collapse if the Senate votes to have the three-time premier stripped of his parliamentary seat following the supreme court's ruling.
FI parliamentarians are furious that their foes-turned-alliance-partners in Letta's centre-left Democratic Party (PD) intend to vote for Berlusconi to be ejected from parliament in ballots on a Senate panel and subsequently on the floor of the Upper House.
"Enrico Letta is a strong person who transmits security," Marchionne said after dining with the premier in New York on Wednesday.
"We need stability for a period of time to be able to do something. He's only been in power for four months".
The PD and Berlusconi's party were forced to form an unnatural alliance in April to end two months of deadlock after February's general election failed to produce a clear winner.