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Italy Coalition Reels as Berlusconi Threatens to Sink Letta

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta’s ruling coalition came under renewed strain as Silvio Berlusconi threatened to bring down the government if Letta’s party votes to expel the three-time ex-premier from the Senate.

“We’re not available to keep the government going if the left decides to prevent the head of People of Liberty from remaining in politics,” Berlusconi told a rally organized by the Army of Silvio supporters’ association on Aug. 30. He softened his rhetoric a day later, saying he “didn’t issue an ultimatum” and wants the government to continue to govern.