Italian minister: Berlusconi fraud won't shake Italy gov't

May 9, 2013 10:56

ROME- Italy's governing coalition will not fall because of a decision by an appeals court to uphold a four-year jail term against Silvio Berlusconi for tax fraud, a minister close to the centre-right leader said on Thursday.

Transport Minister Maurizio Lupi, a member of Berlusconi's party, said the hybrid center-right/center-left coalition would stand or fall on its performance in government rather than Berlusconi's legal battles."An unjust sentence will not make the government wobble," Lupi told a morning radio program.

Berlusconi, head of the center-right People of Freedom party (PDL), is not a member of the coalition led by Prime Minister Enrico Letta but he has the power to bring down the coalition.

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