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
Berlusconi Wins Vote, Loses Majority
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 so a new government could pass the economic reforms Italy needs to avoid financial disaster, as the...   (GREGORIO BORGIA)

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. (More Silvio Berlusconi stories.)

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