PdL politicians call evening strategy session
Berlusconi party debates support for Letta government01 October, 20:04
Some officials, many aligned with PdL founder and ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi, were urging a no-confidence vote against Letta on Wednesday.
That would bring down the fragile government at a crucial period for Letta and the Italian economy.
But numerous other PdL members including the five ministers who tendered their resignations Saturday, dubbed "doves", were planning to support the Democratic Party (PD) premier in order to permit the continued functioning of the government.
PdL Secretary, Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, who earlier in the day denied any split within the party, was not at the evening meeting that included Senate and House whips Renato Brunetta and Renato Schifani, Farm Minister Nunzia De Girolamo, Berlusconi lead lawyer Niccolo Ghedini, and PdL coordinator Sandro Bondi.
Alfano had said he was "convinced" all the PdL would vote confidence in Letta Wednesday.
Amid high uncertainty, Berlusconi reportedly said he might reconsider sinking Letta and vote confidence provided a number of conditions were met including the prevention of his ejection from the Senate on a tax-fraud conviction.