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Italian president Giorgio Napolitano has dissolved parliament following Prime Minister Mario Monti's resignation, setting the stage for a February vote.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti is expected to resign later today according to reports on Reuters.
Italy's prime minister Mario Monti has told the country's president that he wants to resign after the Budget Law has been passed.
It follows yesterday's news that the former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi plans to run in the general election early next year.
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says he will run in next year's election according to Reuters.
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Inconceivable as it may seem to be a candidate in an election while facing such serious charges, this is Italy and this is Berlusconi.