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Senate speaker to report to president over PdL vote boycott

'Not an insignificant event,' says Schifani

Senate speaker to report to president over PdL vote boycott

(see related stories) Rome, December 6 - Senate Speaker Renato Schifani said Thursday that he would report to Italian President Giorgio Napolitano after ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party deserted a confidence vote on a government economic-development bill. The move has sparked concerns that the PdL, the biggest party in parliament, is close to withdrawing its support from Premier Mario Monti's government and causing it to collapse. "It's not an insignificant event," Schifani said. "I'll inform the president". photo: Senate Speaker Renato Schifani and Italian President Giorgio Napolitano (right)

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