October 14, 2011


Berlusconi Survives No Confidence Vote

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi "narrowly survived a confidence vote Friday in Parliament -- the latest of dozens he has faced -- but markets were not reassured that outcome was enough to solve Italy's growing economic crisis," the AP reports.

"Berlusconi's conservatives won 316-301 in Parliament's lower house, and his allies clapped in relief at the result after days of political tension and uncertainty. Had he lost, the 75-year-old Berlusconi would have been forced to resign about 1 1/2 years before the end of his term in 2013, effectively ending his political career."










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