Italy’s PM to face crisis vote

ITALIAN Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is set for a crucial showdown in parliament today after party rebels forced a vote of no-confidence linked to his handling of several crises including the eurozone unrest and the country’s budget deficit.

Berlusconi is expected to win the vote, though rebels including lower house speaker Gianfranco Fini and his loyalists have thrown their weight behind the no-confidence motion tabled by the opposition party. If he loses, the 74-year-old will be forced to resign.