Rome: Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has no intention of stepping down, his party said on Friday, amid talks within the ruling coalition after a call from the speaker of parliament for him to resign.
Berlusconi`s People of Freedom party said it would be
"unacceptable" for parliament to form "a new prime minister
and a new government."
The party said there should either be early elections
or the government should complete its mandate, which runs out
Parliament speaker Gianfranco Fini, a former ally of
Berlusconi turned bitter rival, on Sunday called on the prime
minister to resign, threatening to pull four ministers loyal
to him out of the government if he did not.
Analysts say the collapse of the government is now
only a question of time.
Umberto Bossi, leader of the Northern League party,
the junior coalition partner, held talks with Fini today but
there was no concrete result.
Bossi said there was still "some space" for
negotiation after the talks, but Fini said that Berlusconi
should give an official response to his demands.
Fini said he would wait for Berlusconi`s return from
the G20 summit.