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Silvio Berlusconi to resign after parliament OKs reforms

Silvio Berlusconi: In a statement, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano's office said Berlusconi had promised during the meeting to resign once the economic reforms have passed parliament.

By Associated Press / November 8, 2011

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi attends a voting session at the Lower Chamber, on Nov. 8. Premier Silvio Berlusconi won a much-watched vote Tuesday, but the result laid bare his lack of support in Parliament as financial pressure from the eurozone debt crisis pummeled Italy.

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ROME

Premier Silvio Berlusconi promised Tuesday to resign after parliament passes economic reforms demanded by the European Union, capping a two-decade political career that has ended with Italy on the brink of being swept into Europe's debt crisis.

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Italian President Giorgio Napolitano met for about an hour with Berlusconi after the premier lost his parliamentary majority during a routine vote earlier Tuesday. In a statement, Napolitano's office saidBerlusconi had promised during the meeting to resign once the economic reforms have passed parliament.

A vote on the measures is planned for next week.

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