Berlusconi faces demands from his lawmakers to back down: source
ROME (Reuters) - As many as 20 senators from the center-right party of Silvio Berlusconi are ready to form a breakaway group unless the former premier backs down on his hard line to bring down Italy's government and head to elections, a top member of the party told Reuters on Monday.
The threat, which lawmakers from the People of Freedom Party (PDL) are going to level at Berlusconi during a meeting on Monday, may give Prime Minister Enrico Letta a chance to save his government after five PDL ministers resigned on Saturday.
Letta is going before parliament for a confidence vote on Wednesday and needs to secure a majority in the Senate - where the PDL is currently the second-largest party -- in order to continue in government.
(Reporting By Giselda Vagnoni; editing by Alessandra Galloni)