Letta says to ask Napolitano for guidance
Issue must be clarified 'before Italians, not in closed rooms'26 September, 20:06
(ANSA) - New York, September 26 - Italian Premier Enrico Letta said he would immediately go to Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on his return to Italy on Friday to ask for guidance on what to do going forward, as it appeared that the grand coalition government he is heading no longer has the support to survive.
"As soon as I land in Rome I will go to Napolitano for a clarification on how to go forward", Letta said at a press conference in the US.
The centre-right Forza Italia (FI) party has said its Senators will resign, effectively undermining any chances the government has of surviving, if former Premier Silvio Berlusconi, who faces losing his seat in an Oct. 4 Senate vote on whether to eject him from his parliament seat after he was handed down a four-year prison sentence, is ousted.
A top FI politician earlier in the day said 87 of the party's 91 Senators had already handed in resignation letters.
Letta said he understood Berlusconi's reasons but that he needed to keep personal and political issues separate.
"I want this to be clarified in front of the Italian citizens, not in closed rooms," he added. "Everyone has to take their own responsibilities".