Uncertainty around Italian coalition ahead of Senate vote

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By Paolo Biondi ROME (Reuters) - The uncertainty that has weighed on Italian politics for weeks continued on Friday, with allies of Silvio Berlusconi playing down the risk of a crisis that could topple Prime Minister Enrico Letta's fragile coalition government. Angelino Alfano, secretary of Berlusconi's People of Freedom party (PDL), welcomed a statement from President Giorgio Napolitano on Thursday in which the head of state said he expected Berlusconi to continue supporting Letta. "President Napolitano's confidence in Berlusconi is well placed," Alfano said in a message posted on Twitter. ...