Berlusconi party rebels say they will keep PdL name
Ex-premier loyalists to be revert to former name, Forza Italia02 October, 13:04
The PdL has split, with a group of lawmakers breaking from the party line and saying they will vote in favour of a confidence motion in Premier Enrico Letta's government Wednesday.
Berlusconi recently announced that he was launching a new party to replace the PdL which will carry its former name, Forza Italia (FI). Three-time premier Berlusconi sparked a political crisis on Saturday when he ordered the PdL's ministers to leave the government led by Letta, a member of the centre-left Democratic Party.
But many PdL members, including the PdL's five ministers - whose resignations were rejected by Letta - have said they are not in favour of sinking the government just as Italy is showing signs of emerging from its longest recession in over two decades.
The rebellion has been led by Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, who is also the PdL secretary.
"We have checked that the PdL name remains at the disposition of the secretary and, therefore, Alfano," said Senator Roberto Formigoni, one of the PdL rebels.
"At the point we are the PdL. This is important because it says who we are and that we remain on the centre-right. We are not a rib of another party".