It has become clear that when Berlusconi tried to torpedo the government he over-reached himself. He had barely consulted anyone in his party before triggering a major political crisis. And now some of his faction’s most senior figures are in open rebellion.
Most significantly. Berlusconi’s right-hand man, the normally super-loyal Angelino Alfano, says the party should continue to back Prime Minister Letta’s government if it comes to a crunch confidence vote in parliament tomorrow.
There is now the real danger of a lasting, damaging split opening in Berlusconi’s ranks.
Source : BBC News (Alan Johnston)
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