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Italian PM resigns

Published:Friday | January 25, 2008 | 9:47 AM

Italian Prime Minister, Romano Prodi, resigned after being defeated in a vote of no confidence in the upper house of parliament.

Mr. Prodi, who had led his centre-left coalition for 20 months, was yesterday defeated by five votes, despite the support of several unelected lifetime senators.

President Giorgio Napolitano must now choose whether to call a snap election or appoint an interim government.

Mr. Prodi has been asked to continue as a caretaker until then.