Italy’s Berlusconi says needs strong confidence vote

ROME, Nov 24 (BestGrowthStock) – Italian Prime Minister Silvio
Berlusconi indicated on Wednesday he would seek new elections if
his centre-right government fails to obtain a strong enough
result in next month’s confidence vote to continue its reforms.

Berlusconi’s struggling government, undermined by a weak
economy and a succession of scandals, faces two confidence votes
in parliament on Dec. 14 that could trigger elections more than
two years earlier than the scheduled date in 2013.

The ruling People of Freedom party (PDL) has been weakened
by an internal split and Berlusconi no longer enjoys a secure
majority in the lower house. But he said he still expected to
win a no confidence motion against the government.

“I think that we will have a majority, a good majority in
the lower house and the Senate and that we will govern,” he told
reporters at a news conference on measures to help young people.

But he indicated that it would not be sufficient to win a
bare majority if his scope for manoeuvre was too constrained to
be able to govern effectively.

“If it is not possible to govern because the confidence of
the majority is not obtained or there is no majority capable of
obtaining approvals for reform, I will go to the head of state
and, with the majority in both houses of parliament, we will ask
to go to elections,” he said.

“I do not believe in the possibility of a government that is
not capable of influencing the reality of the country, of
changing the country and improving it.”

Berlusconi also repeated warnings that Italy, with a public
debt burden of almost 120 percent of gross domestic product,
needed political stability during the euro zone debt crisis.
(Writing by James Mackenzie; Editing by Jon Boyle)

Italy’s Berlusconi says needs strong confidence vote