Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is now facing pressure from within his own party to resign. Rumors continued to circulate over the weekend that Berlusconi would announce his resignation but his office still denies the PM is considering stepping down.
Reports show that Berlusconi tried to reach out to rebels within his government over the weekend in an attempt to win back their support. The government faces a vote on Tuesday to confirm a state financing bill. The government has already lost a preliminary vote on the bill and some insiders suggest that a repeat loss on Tuesday would leave Berlusconi with no option but to quit.
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