ROME Dec 12 A small centre-right party that
supported Matteo Renzi's ruling coalition has threatened not to
back his successor Paolo Gentiloni as prime minister,
potentially depriving him of a majority in parliament.
Gentiloni was named to take over from Renzi, who resigned
last week, and is presenting his chosen cabinet to President
However, Denis Verdini, head of the Liberal-Popular Alliance
for Autonomies (ALA), issued a statement saying his group would
not back the new government in parliament because it was not
sufficiently represented in Gentiloni's cabinet team.
Parliament is highly fragmented and it was not immediately
clear whether Gentiloni could win a necessary confidence vote in
the upper house Senate later this week without Verdini's
(Reporting By Gavin Jones)