Italy's president confident gov't crisis avoided

AP News
Posted: Dec 07, 2012 3:16 PM
Italy's president confident gov't crisis avoided

ROME (AP) — Italy's president says the decision by Silvio Berlusconi's party to withdraw its support from Premier Mario Monti's government won't provoke a precipitous government crisis.

President Giorgio Napolitano met Friday with Berlusconi's heir apparent, Angelina Alfano and other political leaders. Napolitano's office said Alfano assured him Berlusconi's People of Freedom party "firmly intended to contribute to an ordered conclusion of the legislature."

Napolitano says he is confident a "constructive and correct" path could be found that is in the interest of Italy and its international reputation.

Berlusconi's party pulled its support during a pair of confidence votes Thursday by abstaining, threatening a premature end to Monti's ambitious reform program aimed at saving Italy from a Greek-style debt crisis.

Napolitano said he would soon brief Monti on the vote's implications.