Letta meets president to discuss govt turmoil
Premier may call confidence vote, PdL on verge of pulling out27 September, 18:12
Lawmakers from centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party wrote out their resignations from parliament this week. They have said they will hand in the resignations if Berlusconi is stripped of his seat in the Senate after the supreme court upheld a tax-fraud conviction against the three-time premier last month, making it definitive. Letta, a member of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD), needs the PdL's support to keep his government afloat.
Earlier on Friday Letta had talks with Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, who is also the PdL secretary.
After that meeting Alfano went to report to three-time premier Berlusconi, who is furious that his foes-turned-alliance-partners in the PD are intent on voting in favour of him being ejected from parliament. Letta also had talks with his uncle, Gianni Letta, who sits on the other side of Italy's political spectrum and is one of Berlusconi's closest aides.
Enrico Letta and Napolitano are expected to discuss holding a confidence vote to establish whether the PdL intends to keep backing the government or not.
The premier is also set to sound out the PdL ministers on the issue at a cabinet meeting later on Friday.