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August 13, 2022

Berlusconi reported ready to back Monti for PM

ROME – Silvio Berlusconi, increasingly isolated within his party and counting his last days as Italy’s prime minister, is expected to give up his push for early elections and lend his reluctant support to a caretaker government led by Mario Monti, former European commissioner, CNN said.

Berlusconi has made no official comment since insisting early on Wednesday that his resignation should be followed by snap elections, but newspapers on Thursday carried unsourced reports that he had decided under pressure from markets and his allies not to block Monti – the choice of investors, Italy’s opposition parties and Giorgio Napolitano, head of state.

Even Il Giornale, the Milan daily that is part of the Berlusconi family media empire, recognised that the end-game was almost over. “It is not what Silvio Berlusconi was hoping for but the outgoing premier will not raise barriers to block such a solution (an emergency government),” wrote Alessandro Sallusti, editor.

Berlusconi gave his commitment to the head of state on Tuesday night that he would resign once parliament had passed legislation on reforms demanded by international institutions. That could happen as soon as this weekend with politicians from Berlusconi’s People of Liberty party and the main opposition parties co-operating to pass the package as soon as possible.

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