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- This follows the Italian PM Monti winning a confidence vote on growth measures at Senate within the past 30 minutes. Despite this seeming positive on the surface, Silvio Berlusconi's PDL party walked out of the Senate ahead of a confidence vote, highlighting a fall in support for the technocratic government.
- PDL Senate leader Maurizio Gasparri said the party would not take part in the vote on Monti's latest package of reforms but would not vote against the decree or formally abstain, either of which would cause the government to fall.
- The next Italian election is to be held in April 2013.
Print 11:37, 06 Dec 2012 - Economic commentary - Source: RANsquawk
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