Italy's president expresses concern about Berlusconi government

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Posted: Oct 12, 2011 4:53 AM

ROME (Reuters) - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano Wednesday expressed deep concern about whether the squabbling government of Silvio Berlusconi was capable of taking vital decisions for the country, including measures to combat an economic crisis.

In an unusually outspoken statement issued after Berlusconi's center-right government lost a key vote Tuesday, Napolitano said the prime minister must give a "credible response."

Speaking of "acute tensions" inside the administration, Napolitano said delays in passing badly needed policies, raised "questions and concerns."

He added: "The question is whether the government majority...is capable of operating with the constant cohesion required to guarantee the adoption of measures that cannot be delayed."

(Writing by Barry Moody)