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BBC NEWS | Europe | Berlusconi resigns as Italian PM

BBC NEWS | Europe | Berlusconi resigns as Italian PM: "Berlusconi resigns as Italian PM
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has resigned, but says he will soon put together a new coalition.

He told the upper house of parliament that his party had a mandate to lead until 2006 and it would do so.

President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi asked him to stay on as caretaker prime minister, urging further talks with allies before forming a government.

Mr Berlusconi's centre-right coalition was rocked by poor results in regional elections earlier this month.

Following a 40-minute meeting with the president, Mr Berlusconi told reporters he would move quickly to form a new coalition."

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