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Italy crisis: Lower house to vote on austerity law

The lower house of Italy's parliament is due to vote on a package of austerity measures demanded by the EU and designed to restore markets' confidence in the country's economy.

The Senate on Friday backed the plan, which includes a rise in the pension age, a fuel price hike and the sale of state assets.

The vote will pave the way for PM Silvio Berlusconi to resign.

The BBC's Alan Johnston reports from Rome.

  • 12 Nov 2011
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