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Clashes erupt after Italian vote

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Rome was on Wednesday recovering from a night of violence that left 90 people injured and dozens arrested after Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi survived a crucial no-confidence vote.

Berlusconi scraped through by just three votes, with 314 lawmakers voting in his favor, 311 against and two abstentions in the 630-seat lower house.

Angry protesters banged on the metal blinds of shuttered shops in the center of Rome as word spread that Berlusconi had survived the vote.

Some protesters set cars alight and hurled cobblestones and fireworks at police, sending tourists fleeing from the battle zones.

Riot police fired tear gas and could be seen striking some of the protesters with truncheons in running street fights.

An AFP reporter saw one police officer draw his gun as he was dragged to the ground by protesters, before his colleagues pulled him clear.

Police dragged off several protesters, some of whom had blood streaming down their faces.

"I didn't just survive, I'm strong," Berlusconi said, adding however that enacting much-needed structural reforms would now be "more difficult".

"I am convinced that an election campaign at this time is something the country absolutely does not need," Berlusconi told reporters.

But he added: "If it's impossible to govern, we won't stay floating. I will go into an election campaign with great enthusiasm." Berlusconi's current mandate runs until 2013.


1. How many people were injured?

2. How many votes did Berlusconi win by?

3. When does Berlusconi’s mandate run until?


1. 90.

2. 3.

3. 2013.

(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Clashes erupt after Italian vote

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Clashes erupt after Italian vote

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