Berlusconi Wins Vote, Loses Majority

He wins just 308 of 630 votes
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2011 9:46 AM CST
FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 3, 2006 file photo, Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi attends an Italian Republican party program conference in Rome. Pressure mounted on Premier Silvio Berlusconi to resign...   (GREGORIO BORGIA)
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(Newser) – Silvio Berlusconi was holding on for dear life in advance of today's critical budget vote, and now it looks as if he's hanging by a quickly fraying thread. The Italian PM won the much-watched vote in Parliament, but lost his majority. He won just 308 of 630 possible votes; 321 abstained, and no one voted against, reports the AP. The opposition then immediately called for Berlusconi's resignation, and pressed him to start talks with President Giorgio Napolitano about a new government, reports the Wall Street Journal.

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