- Title: ITALY: Vote clears way for Berlusconi resignation
- Date: 13th November 2011
- Summary: ROME, ITALY (NOVEMBER 12, 2011) (REUTERS) INTERIOR OF PARLIAMENT SPEAKER OF LOWER HOUSE GIANFRANCO FINI ANNOUNCING VOTE PARLIAMENTARIANS VOTING BOARD SHOWING VOTE RESULT SPEAKER OF LOWER HOUSE GIANFRANCO FINI ANNOUNCING RESULT ITALIAN PRIME MINISTER SILVIO BERLUSCONI SEATED AFTER VOTE BOARD SHOWING VOTE RESULT BERLUSCONI LEAVING EXTERIOR OF PARLIAMENT HAPPY OPPOSITION POLITICIANS COMING OUT OF PARLIAMENT (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) UNIDENTIFIED ITALIAN POLITICIAN SAYING: "It's a feeling of liberation, now we can begin a new story." OPPOSITION POLITICIANS CELEBRATING WITH SUPPORTERS (SOUNDBITE) (Italian/English) ITALIAN PARLIAMENTARIAN FRANCESCO RUTELLI, THE HEAD OF THE CENTRIST ALLIANCE FOR ITALY PARTY, SAYING: "It is over, the president will now, even by tomorrow night, ask for a very highly regarded person internationally, will ask this person to put together a government that is mainly technical with a wide support from the parliament." EXTERIOR OF PARLIAMENT (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) ITALIAN POLITICIAN SANTO VERSACE FROM THE PEOPLE OF FREEDOM PARTY (BERLUSCONI'S PARTY) SAYING: "An era has come to an end, today has signalled the end of Berlusconi's dynasty." (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) ANTONIO MARTINO FORMER DEFENCE MINISTER SAYING "I hope it isn't the end of all his attributes and his proposals." PROTESTERS WITH BANNER READING "12 NOVEMBER IS THE DAY OF LIBERATION" VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS WITH LOUDSPEAKERS AND BANNERS SHOUTING "RESIGN, RESIGN"
- Embargoed: 28th November 2011 12:00
- Location: Italy, Italy
- Country: Italy
- Topics: Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA94X9GQ2YZX37HKLSG8FSBD2LZ
- Story Text: Italy's parliament gave final approval to a financial stability law on Saturday (November 12), paving the way for Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to resign and make way for an emergency government headed by former European Commissioner Mario Monti.
Berlusconi, who failed to secure a majority in a crucial vote on Tuesday, promised to resign once parliament passed the package of economic reforms, demanded by European partners to restore confidence in Italy's strained public finances.
"It's a feeling of liberation, now we can begin a new story," said one opposition politician, as protesters against Berlusconi shouted for him to resign.
Santo Versace from Berlusconi's People of Freedom Party lamented the end of the Prime Minister's dynasty.
"An era has come to an end, today has signalled the end of Berlusconi's dynasty."
Berlusconi is due to hand in his resignation to President Giorgio Napolitano after a cabinet meeting that will mark the final act of the Berlusconi government and bring an end to one of the most scandal-plagued eras in Italy's post-war history.
Francesco Rutelli, the head of the Centrist Alliance for Italy party, said it was over.
"Yes it's over, the president will now, even by tomorrow night, ask for someone who is very highly regarded internationally, he will ask this person to put together a government that is mainly technical, with a wide support from the parliament,"
Napolitano is expected to ask Monti to try to form a new administration to face a widening financial crisis which has sent Italy's debt costs to unmanageable levels and threatened to escalate into an emergency across the whole euro zone.
With the next elections not due until 2013, a technocrat government could have about 18 months to pass painful economic reforms but will need to secure the backing of a majority in parliament and could fall before then.
Italy, the euro zone's third largest economy, came close to disaster this week after yields on 10 year bonds soared over 7.6 percent, the kind of level which forced Ireland, Portugal and Greece to seek an international bailout.
With a public debt of more than 120 percent of gross domestic product and more than a decade of anaemic economic growth behind it, Italy is at the heart of the euro zone debt crisis and would be too big for the bloc to bail out.
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