Sunday, November 6, 2011

Italy protesters rally against Berlusconi - 5th Nov 2011

Tens of thousands of demonstrators have gathered in Rome Saturday to voice their opposition to the government of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and its reforms.

Many of the protesters, waving opposition party flags as they filled a central square in a peaceful rally, called for Berlusconi to step aside.

Some say they want immediate elections, others the formation of a technocratic transitional government to guide Italy through the difficult months to come.

Berlusconi said Friday at the G-20 economic summit that Italy had agreed to let the International Monetary Fund "certify" its reform program, a step designed to boost investor confidence.

But he faces a vote of confidence perhaps as soon as next week, amid criticism of his handling of Italy's economy -- and analysts say he may no longer have the support of a majority in parliament.

A crucial vote on budget reform measures is expected in Rome Tuesday.

Italy's President Giorgio Napolitano has warned of a "grave crisis of credibility" regarding Italy's commitment to reform and said structural reforms agreed to in Brussels last month must be implemented. Read More