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