NCD threatens to withdraw support for coalition government

(AGI) Rome, Oct 2 - The NCD New Centre-Right party led byformer Italian interior minister Angelino Alfano warned onThursday that it may pull out of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi'scoalition government. Earlier this year a split-up in theformer PDL People of Freedoms Party led to the establishment ofthe new NCD party and the revival of media tycoon SilvioBerlusconi's Forza Italia party. When Matteo Renzi took overfrom Enrico Letta in January, the NCD pledged continued supportfor the coalition, while Berlusconi joined the opposition. WithBerlusconi still a strong force in Italy's centre-rightpolitics, on

(AGI) Rome, Oct 2 - The NCD New Centre-Right party led byformer Italian interior minister Angelino Alfano warned onThursday that it may pull out of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi'scoalition government. Earlier this year a split-up in theformer PDL People of Freedoms Party led to the establishment ofthe new NCD party and the revival of media tycoon SilvioBerlusconi's Forza Italia party. When Matteo Renzi took overfrom Enrico Letta in January, the NCD pledged continued supportfor the coalition, while Berlusconi joined the opposition. WithBerlusconi still a strong force in Italy's centre-rightpolitics, on Thursday NCD spokesman Gaetano Quagliarellolamented Berlusconi's enduring influence on the government andsaid his party will not allow the agenda to be set by ForzaItalia. Quaglierello went on to urge the prime minister to stopstriking deals in private with Berlusconi and submit to aprocess of open discussion with the opposition, "otherwise,we're better off leaving the government up to them." . .