Four members of the government led by Silvio Berlusconi, the former close ally and now his opponent said Gianfranco Fini, resigned Monday, a move that is not enough to bring about the fall of the Cabinet AFP.
Members of the group's future and freedom for Italy (FLI), the party intends to create Fini, Minister for European Policies resignation are Andrea Ronchi, Deputy Minister Adolfo Urso Economic Development and under-secretaries of state for Agriculture and Environment BUONFIGLIO Antonio Roberto menu.
A fifth member of the government, Giuseppe Maria Reina, Secretary of State for Infrastructure and Transport, affiliated to the small Sicilian MPA party, allied with Fini, and he resigned.
Ministers announced the resignation of Fini is a new wing of the escalating political crisis in the peninsula, but the real litmus test will be held in Parliament: the center-left opposition submitted a motion of censure in the House of Deputies, while Berlusconi has announced that will require a first confidence vote in the Senate and lower house later.
Berlusconi and his allies the Northern League have a majority in the Senate Chamber but theoretically solid vote of confidence depends entirely on people's Fini, who could put in a minority government.
Yet, they voted for Berlusconi government, in September 29. Since then, however, strained relations between Fini, president of the Chamber, and Berlusconi have deteriorated even further, especially after business "Ruby."
If you lose the majority, Berlusconi said that the Chamber will be dissolved: "If the government does not obtain a majority in the House, we go to the polls, but only to elect new deputies," he said, this weekend.
A strongly rejected the hypothesis of Fini. Under the Constitution, the right belongs exclusively to the president dissolved the Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, a former leader of the Communist Party, which Berlusconi has a strained relationship.