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Berlusconi quits amid jeering, celebrations

2011-11-12 22:53

Rome - Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi formally resigned on Saturday, ending one of the most scandal-plagued eras in recent Italian history amid the jeers of hundreds of protestors gathered in central Rome to celebrate his departure.

President Giorgio Napolitano accepted Berlusconi's resignation after a meeting in the presidential palace, his office said.

Berlusconi, who failed to secure a majority in a crucial vote on Tuesday, handed in his resignation after parliament passed a package of measures demanded by European partners to restore market confidence in Italy's strained public finances.

Former European Commissioner Mario Monti is expected to be given the task of trying to form a new administration to face a widening financial crisis which has sent Italy's borrowing costs to unmanageable levels.

Comments
  • goyougoodthing - 2011-11-12 23:11

    A bit too late really isn't it.

      VusiMabaso - 2011-11-12 23:47

      If the Italians think Berlusconi is bad, goyougoodthing, then I wonder what they would say when they are run by our Angels?

      Atholl - 2011-11-13 05:40

      Very Late. Beautiful country, architecture, culture, language, people, fashion, sport. all ruined by misrule ... little .. lies for Power Control and Money. ... a good country left is bad hands ... leads to corruption en masse. corrupt leaders fall ... welcome to new Italy corroto capa cadere ... benvenuti nuovo Italia

  • mikedonzo - 2011-11-12 23:13

    that z a uphill in africa,we dont conceide failure...its an honor mr!

  • Goliat - 2011-11-12 23:54

    Thank God this duff, randy old anus is gone. May his legacy follow soon.

  • Goliat - 2011-11-12 23:55

    Thank God this duff, randy old anus is gone. May his fascist legacy follow soon.

  • Chirpy - 2011-11-13 05:38

    Bit of a blow for Mrs Berlusconi and her celeb status.. ha ha

  • JuditVictor - 2011-11-13 12:23

    A real old dictator at heart. Mugabe has a kindred spirit.

  • Daniel - 2011-11-13 22:41

    He should have resigned last year, for Italy's financial crisis in-relation to Euro zone. Hopefully, corruption will be eradicated within the government level.

  • Daniel - 2011-11-13 22:44

    He should have resigned last year, for Italy's financial crisis in-relation to Euro zone. Hopefully, corruption will be eradicated by the new government!!

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