Berlusconi Seeks New Elections in Italy Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi resigned Thursday after the center-left coalition he led lost a confidence vote in the Senate. Opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi, a former prime minister, demanded immediate elections. David Willey of the BBC reports.
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Berlusconi Seeks New Elections in Italy

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Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi resigned Thursday after the center-left coalition he led lost a confidence vote in the Senate. Opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi, a former prime minister, demanded immediate elections. David Willey of the BBC reports.

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

Italy's politics produced a spectacle worthy of the stage yesterday. Prime Minister Romano Prodi resigned after losing a confidence vote, and for that story we go to the BBC's David Willey.

DAVID WILLEY: President Giorgio Napolitano is expected to ask Mr. Prodi to continue as caretaker until he makes a decision on whether or not to call early elections.

INSKEEP: So that's the BBC's David Willey giving us the drama in Italy.

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