An embattled but bellicose Silvio Berlusconi called on Sunday for fresh Italian elections to be held as soon as possible, even as signs of rebellion in his own party grew and the country’s president indicated that the country would only return to the polls as a last resort.
In a drastic and much-criticised move that reignited fears for the health of the eurozone’s third-largest economy, the former prime minister and centre-right leader announced on Saturday he was pulling his ministers out of Enrico Letta’s ever-fraught grand coalition government.
On Sunday in a telephone address to supporters of his Freedom People (PdL) party on his 77th birthday, Berlusconi declared he was “ready to take up the battle again”. He said: “The only way is to proceed with conviction to elections as soon as possible. All the opinion polls tell us that we will win.”
via The Guardian
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