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Berlusconi weakened by political about-face

Associated Press
Berlusconi weakened by political about-face

People of Freedom party leader Silvio Berlusconi covers his face as he speaks on a mobile phone after delivering his speech at the Senate, in Rome, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. Berlusconi acknowledged defeat Wednesday and announced he would support the government of Premier Enrico Letta, a stunning about-face on the Senate floor after defections in his party robbed him of the backing he needed to bring down the left-right coalition government. It was a major setback for Berlusconi, who had demanded his five Cabinet ministers quit the government and bring it down, incensed at a vote planned Friday that could strip him of his Senate seat following his tax fraud conviction and four-year prison sentence. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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