Italian premier tries to avert government's collapse

The abrupt resignation of five Italian government ministers from former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's center-right party left the ruling coalition headed by Prime Minister Enrico Letta in crisis. Letta said he will ask parliament for a vote of confidence, probably Wednesday, to clarify the government's situation. The International Monetary Fund has said tensions in the governing coalition are a "key risk" confronting Italy's economic recovery.

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