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Napolitano calls Berlusconi plot speculation 'smoke'

Govt was 'clearly struggling' writes head of State

10 February, 17:59
Napolitano calls Berlusconi plot speculation 'smoke' (see related story) (ANSA) - Rome, February 10 - President Giorgio Napolitano on Monday described as "just smoke" speculation he plotted to bring down Silvio Berlusconi's third government after it emerged he contacted Mario Monti months before it actually collapsed in 2011. "The real facts, the only ones in the real history of the country in 2011, are well known and indisputable," Napolitano wrote in a letter to Corriere della Sera, which published the reports he sounded out Monti in the summer of 2011 before Monti replaced Berlusconi as premier in November that year.

"These are summed up by the fact that the governing majority that won the 2008 elections was clearly struggling more and more".