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Italian PM shows resilience in front of political crisis

11-25-2010 14:39 BJT

ROME, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Wednesday expressed confidence in front of the political crisis that is rocking his government.

In a press conference Berlusconi stressed that Italy needed a stable government in a moment of hard economic times, adding however that he was ready to face an early vote ahead of 2013, when the current legislature will expire.

Were he to lose the vote of confidence scheduled for Dec. 14 in parliament, Berlusconi guaranteed that he would step down from office and prepare his leading People of Freedom Party to early elections.

The premier, however, said he was still confident to secure the majority in both branches of parliament, but in case he failed, he added it was better to immediately end the current legislature rather than lack the bases to continue governing.

"If we will fail in securing a solid majority I will go to the Head of State and ask for an early ballot because the last thing Italy needs is an unstable government," explained the premier.

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