Berlusconi says government can't force Fazio out

Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi said Friday 9 September the government can not force Bank of Italy governor Antonio Fazio to resign and only the European Central Bank can intervene.

"The government has no power in the matter; the Bank of Italy is an independent and autonomous institution," he said.

Berlusconi added: 'It's very clear, the government has no power' over the Bank of Italy.

'Only the ECB can intervene,' he added.

The Italian PM repeated that the government has proposed reform