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Italy's awkward coalition crumbles

29 September 2013 Last updated at 08:48 BST

Italy's president is considering ways out of an acute political crisis after former-PM Silvio Berlusconi's ministers left the coalition government.

Giorgio Napolitano hinted that he would try to oversee the formation of a new coalition without calling elections.

Alan Johnson reports.

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