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Italy’s premier to resign; Berlusconi will run again

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ROME — Prime Minister Mario Monti told the Italian president Saturday that he plans to resign after the sudden loss of support from Silvio Berlusconi’s party, paving the way for early elections a year after the economist helped pull the country back from the brink of financial disaster. Only hours earlier, Berlusconi said he would run again for prime minister, aiming for a comeback just a year after he quit in disgrace as Italy teetered toward the brink of financial disaster. The office of President Giorgio Napolitano said Monti told the head of state that without the support he could no longer effectively govern Italy, which is trying to emerge from a debt crisis. (AP)

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