Political stability continues to be at risk following recent statements by Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's former ally and House speaker, Gianfranco Fini. A founder of Berlusconi's People of Freedom (Pdl) party, Fini broke with the Pdl last July to launch his own party, the Future and Freedom (Fli) party (see TF 129). At the Fli's founding convention in early November, Fini urged the prime minister to resign for the ‘good of the country' and instead discuss a new legislative agenda that would deal with much-needed political reforms. Fini and the Fli say they will support the alliance if these issues are tackled, though most analysts believe Italy will return to the polls next spring.
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