Italy's Berlusconi says government solid, no early election

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Posted: Oct 28, 2011 3:33 AM
Italy's Berlusconi says government solid, no early election

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi repeated Friday that his center-right coalition, which has come close to falling apart over policy differences, would see out its term until 2013 and that his alliance with the Northern League party was solid.

Speaking on his own Canale 5 television station, he ruled out any broad-based government of national unity, which he said would create paralysis for Italy and said an election campaign in the middle of the crisis would be seriously damaging.

"The important thing is to maintain a cohesive majority and government to pass reforms," he said.

The comments came days after Northern League leader Umberto Bossi said there was a serious risk the government could fall over proposals to raise the pension age as part of reforms demanded by the European Union.

(Reporting by James Mackenzie)