Sify News, November 28, 2010
Ms Carfagna, a former nude model, is Italy's Equal Opportunities Minister
The trouble started when Mussolini took a photo on her mobile phone of Carfagna talking in parliament to Italo Bocchino, a member of a group of rebel MPs who have split from Mr Berlusconi's coalition.
Mussolini then distributed it to Italian newspapers, accusing Carfagna of being a "traitor" to the government.
Carfagna, in return, called her una vajassa, which loosely translates as "screeching fishwife". Now Mussolini has threatened to boycott a crucial confidence vote in parliament next month, unless she receives a public apology from Carfagna.
She then rubbed salt into the wound by making a very public show of kissing a senior member of the government with whom Carfagna has quarrelled.
After days of behind-the-scenes negotiations, Berlusconi appeared to have sweet-talked her into staying.
But the real test for him will come on December 14, when the government faces votes of no confidence in both houses of parliament. Defeat could trigger Berlusconi's resignation and new elections - more than two years before his mandate is supposed to expire in 2013. (ANI)