(ANSA) - Rome, October 1 - Italian President Giorgio
Napolitano said a confidence vote Wednesday must bolster the
right-left government amid threats from ex-premier Silvio
Berlusconi to sink it despite a growing rift in his party.
Napolitano said he had agreed with Premier Enrico Letta that
the confidence vote should be on this year's budget and key
reforms, including changing a much-contested electoral law, to
be implemented next year by a government that was no longer
There have been indications of a climbdown from Berlusconi
on the confidence vote but he is reportedly insisting he must
keep his seat in the Senate despite a tax-fraud conviction.