President 'disturbed' by Forza Italia's quit threat
Row over ejecting Berlusconi from Senate could sink Letta govt26 September, 11:24
"Yesterday evening a sudden, institutionally disturbing political development occurred that I have to dedicate all my attention to today," the statement said. On Wednesday the FI lawmakers agreed to write their resignations in advance and hand them in if Berlusconi is stripped of his seat in accordance with a 2012 anti-corruption law.
They say Berlusconi is the victim of a campaign of persecution from left-wing elements in the judiciary and argue that the 2012 law is unconstitutional and is being applied retroactively in this case.
They also 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.