The leader of Italy ' s Five Star Movement, Beppe Grillo, says the coalition government of Prime Minister Enrico Letta will soon be brought down by former Premier Silvio Berlusconi.
Grillo predicted in an interview with the major Belgian paperLe Soir that Berlusconi, with whose party Letta has formed an alliance, would bring down the current government at the first opportunity. Grillo, an Italian comedian-turned-political activist, said his Five Star Movement was ready to take the helm of the country as soon as the government fell. Letta’s Democratic Party formed an alliance with Berlusconi's People of Freedom Party, breaking a two-month political deadlock following inconclusive elections in February. The coalition government was sworn in on April 28. Although Berlusconi does not have a ministerial post in Letta's government, the coalition paved the way for the political comeback of the former Italian premier, who was forced to resign in 2011. Berlusconi has been under fire in a sex scandal, and is also charged with the abuse of power. Prosecutors in Milan have called for a six-year prison sentence and a lifetime ban on holding public office for the former premier. Letta, a moderate from the center-left Democratic Party, has vowed to reform the electoral and welfare laws, suspend the property tax, and cut the salaries of the ministers who receive a second payment for being a member of parliament.