Letta calls for end to political 'blackmail'
PM speaks to House after key Senate win02 October, 17:55
Letta called the vote after centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi threatened to scupper the right-left ruling majority due to the prospect of the Senate stripping the ex-premier of his Upper House seat over legal woes.
Berlusconi made a shock reversal of his stance on Wednesday afternoon, allowing Letta's government to continue with the key backing of the Senate, where its majority is small.
''Italy needs there to be no more blackmail of the 'do this or the government falls' sort,'' Letta told the Lower House, where he is expected to easily win a second confidence vote Wednesday evening.
''Italy doesn't need just any government, but a government at the height of its abilities with a clear majority supporting it,'' Letta went on. ''I have said many times that I would not govern at all costs, but I say it (again) and I truly believe it, because I know the complexity of the commitments we face,'' Letta continued.
Letta explained why he called the confidence vote, saying, ''I knew that there was no other chance (for the government) without asking for clarification without ifs or buts''.