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Italy government wins confidence vote, Berlusconi party abstains

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti gestures during a media conference at the Chigi palace in Rome December 6, 2012. The People of Freedom (PDL) party of Silvio Berlusconi said on Thursday that its walkout from a parliamentary confidence vote was a signal of its disapproval of Italy's economic policies and not an attempt to bring down the government of Monti. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti gestures during a media conference at the Chigi palace in Rome December 6, 2012. The People of Freedom (PDL) party of Silvio Berlusconi said on Thursday that its walkout from a parliamentary confidence vote was a...more

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti gestures during a media conference at the Chigi palace in Rome December 6, 2012. The People of Freedom (PDL) party of Silvio Berlusconi said on Thursday that its walkout from a parliamentary confidence vote was a signal of its disapproval of Italy's economic policies and not an attempt to bring down the government of Monti. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
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Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti leaves after a media conference at the Chigi palace in Rome December 6, 2012. Monti's government won a confidence vote in the lower house of parliament on Thursday but the centre-right party of former premier Silvio Berlusconi abstained after earlier walking out of a confidence vote in the Senate. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti leaves after a media conference at the Chigi palace in Rome December 6, 2012. Monti's government won a confidence vote in the lower house of parliament on Thursday but the centre-right party of former premier Silvio...more

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti leaves after a media conference at the Chigi palace in Rome December 6, 2012. Monti's government won a confidence vote in the lower house of parliament on Thursday but the centre-right party of former premier Silvio Berlusconi abstained after earlier walking out of a confidence vote in the Senate. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
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