Italy`s Berlusconi seeks confidence vote tomorrow: Official

Italy`s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will seek a vote of confidence in parliament tomorrow, his minister for relations with parliament Elio Vito announced.

Rome: Italy`s Prime Minister
Silvio Berlusconi will seek a vote of confidence in parliament
tomorrow, his minister for relations with parliament Elio Vito
announced.

"We will ask for a vote of confidence," Vito told
reporters today after a meeting of Berlusconi`s People of
Freedom party (PDL).

The prime minister`s spokesman Paolo Bonaiuti
confirmed the information in a statement.

The vote will follow months of bitter political
turmoil which has put Berlusconi`s parliamentary majority in
doubt.

Berlusconi is scheduled to address the lower house
of parliament tomorrow -- the day on which he turns 74. His
government`s term in office ends in 2013.

In August the prime minister had said he would ask
for a vote of confidence, following the departure of his
long-term ally and co-founder of the PDL, Gianfranco Fini,
but no official date had been set until now.

Berlusconi lost his once-comfortable parliamentary
majority in July when Fini quit the PDL and set up breakaway
groups in parliament.

PTI

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