Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi Monday denied rumors that he might resign, on the eve of a crucial vote that could anyway bring down his government “The rumors of my resignation are groundless,” Berlusconi said in news statements.
Berlusconi, who has served as prime minister for 10 years, could face a vote of confidence this week over his handling of Italy’s economy. He defied by saying that he would present a vote of confidence on his government on Tuesday in order to expose “traitors” and to reaffirm sufficient support he enjoys at parliament.
He has survived many confidence votes in the past, and has argued that now is not the time to change the country’s leadership.
A crucial vote on budget reform measures is expected in Rome Tuesday.