Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Italy president says Monti government must continue until spring

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said on Tuesday that Prime Minister Mario Monti's government must complete its natural term, due to end in spring, following Silvio Berlusconi's threat to withdraw support before next year's election.

"The legislature must come to its natural conclusion," Napolitano said at an institutional ceremony on Tuesday.

Berlusconi said on Saturday his center-right bloc may withdraw its support from the government, a move that could throw Italy into political chaos.