Enrico Letta and Silvio Berlusconi
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Italian PM Letta faces confidence vote

2 October 2013 Last updated at 07:40 BST

Italy's parliament is due to hold a vote of confidence in the governing coalition, with an attempt to topple PM Enrico Letta appearing to falter.

The vote was called after Silvio Berlusconi ordered ministers in his centre-right People of Freedom party (PDL) to leave the government.

But on the eve of the vote, leading PDL figures defied him, saying they would back Mr Letta.

Alan Johnston reports.