Split in Berlusconi party means government more stable: Italy PM

ROME Mon Nov 18, 2013 4:17am EST

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi gestures during a Forza Italia party national congress in Rome November 16, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi gestures during a Forza Italia party national congress in Rome November 16, 2013.

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ROME (Reuters) - A split in the center-right party of Silvio Berlusconi means the Italian government will be more stable, Prime Minister Enrico Letta said on Monday.

On Saturday Berlusconi said his Forza Italia (FI) may no longer back Letta, but a group supportive of the coalition defected from the party, leaving him without the numbers to bring the government down.

(Reporting by Giselda Vagnoni, writing by Naomi O'Leary)

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