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Can Berlusconi survive a crucial budget vote?

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's key coalition partner has urged him to step aside ahead of a crucial budget vote.

Northern League leader Umberto Bossi said he should be replaced by former Justice Minister Angelino Alfano.

Mr Berlusconi's majority has crumbled ahead of the vote, with several MPs defecting or saying they will rebel.

Hugh Pym reports.

  • 08 Nov 2011
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