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Italy Senate approves new crisis measures

Italy's Senate approved a new budget law on Friday, clearing the way for final approval of the package in the lower house on Saturday and the formation of an emergency government to replace Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

world Updated: Nov 11, 2011 19:17 IST
Reuters

Italy's Senate approved a new budget law on Friday, clearing the way for final approval of the package in the lower house on Saturday and the formation of an emergency government to replace Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

The austerity and reform measures, aimed at boosting the economy and controlling a huge public debt, followed demands by European partners for urgent action to restore market confidence in Italy's strained public finances.

Berlusconi, who failed to secure a majority in a crucial vote on Tuesday, has promised to resign once the law receives final parliamentary approval.

First Published: Nov 11, 2011 19:14 IST