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Berlusconi's party considers Monti govt finished

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Berlusconi's party considers Monti govt finished

Rome, December 7 - Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party considers Premier Mario Monti's emergency government to be over, party Secretary Angelino Alfano said on Friday. "We consider the experience of this government to be concluded," Alfano said in the House. "This has nothing to do with Monti as a person, his service to the institutions and his honesty with the political parties and with us in particular". The announcement comes after Alfano said Thursday that Berlusconi has dropped plans to retire from front-line politics and would run for a fourth term as Italian premier. The PdL did not back the government in two confidence votes in parliament on Thursday. By withdrawing its support, the PdL looks set to provoke early elections as Monti's administration of unelected technocrats is unlikely to be able to survive without the backing of the biggest party in parliament. Italy was set to go to the polls for national elections in the spring anyway.

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