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Napolitano Says Berlusconi Must Find Way to Pass 2010 Budget

October 12, 2011

Oct. 12 (Bloomberg) -- President Giorgio Napolitano said Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi must spell out how he intends to get Italy’s 2010 budget approved when he addresses Parliament tomorrow.

“It will then be up to the speakers of the two houses” of Parliament “to decide on the sustainability” of Berlusconi’s suggested solution to the legislative impasse, Napolitano said in an e-mailed statement today.

Berlusconi’s government failed to muster a majority in the lower house yesterday in a vote to rubberstamp the 2010 budget, raising doubts about the strength of his parliamentary majority. Opposition leaders have called on him to resign and he may call a confidence vote during his address to the Chamber of Deputies tomorrow at 11 a.m.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jeffrey Donovan at jdonovan26@bloomberg.net


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