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Riots break out in Rome as Berlusconi wins vote

 Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi arrives for a parliament debate, at the Senate in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Premier Silvio Berlusconi's politic...
 Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi attends a parliament debate, at the Chamber of Deputies in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Premier Silvio Berlusconi ...
 Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi covers his face as he speaks on a mobile phone prior to a parliament debate, at the Senate in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 1...
 Demonstrators march past the ancient Colosseum, background,  in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Premier Silvio Berlusconi survived a confidence vote in...
 Lawmakers scuffle during a voting session at the Chamber of Deputies in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Premier Silvio Berlusconi has survived a confid...
 Demonstrators hold flares as they march past the ancient Colosseum, background,  in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Premier Silvio Berlusconi survived ...
 Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, right, talks to senators during a parliament debate, at the Senate in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Premier Silvio...
 Berlusconi's center-right coalition members of parliament celebrate at the end of a confidence vote at the lower chamber in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2...
 Berlusconi's center-right coalition members of parliament celebrate at the end of a confidence vote at the lower chamber in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2...
 An injured demonstrator, centre, receives assistance after scuffles in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Premier Silvio Berlusconi won back-to-back votes...
 Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi reacts following a confidence vote at the lower chamber in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Premier Silvio Berlusconi ...
 An activist hurls a plastic bottle at a Carabinieri (Italian paramilitary police) van during clashes in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Premier Silvio ...
 Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi applauds following a confidence vote at the lower chamber in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Premier Silvio Berluscon...
 Demonstrators run away from tear gas during scuffles with police in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Premier Silvio Berlusconi won back-to-back votes of...
 Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, left, and Economic minister Giulio Tremonti attend a debate at the lower chamber in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. ...
 Speaker of the lower house Gianfranco Fini, right, and member of parliament Italo Bocchino talk to each other at the lower chamber in Rome, Tuesday, ...
 The vote board reports the results of a confidence vote,314-311 in favor of the government, at the lower chamber in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Pre...

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Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi arrives for a parliament debate, at the Senate in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Premier Silvio Berlusconi's politic...

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Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi attends a parliament debate, at the Chamber of Deputies in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Premier Silvio Berlusconi ...

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Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi covers his face as he speaks on a mobile phone prior to a parliament debate, at the Senate in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 1...

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Demonstrators march past the ancient Colosseum, background, in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Premier Silvio Berlusconi survived a confidence vote in...

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Lawmakers scuffle during a voting session at the Chamber of Deputies in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Premier Silvio Berlusconi has survived a confid...

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Demonstrators hold flares as they march past the ancient Colosseum, background, in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Premier Silvio Berlusconi survived ...

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Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, right, talks to senators during a parliament debate, at the Senate in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Premier Silvio...

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Berlusconi's center-right coalition members of parliament celebrate at the end of a confidence vote at the lower chamber in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2...

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Berlusconi's center-right coalition members of parliament celebrate at the end of a confidence vote at the lower chamber in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2...

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An injured demonstrator, centre, receives assistance after scuffles in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Premier Silvio Berlusconi won back-to-back votes...

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Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi reacts following a confidence vote at the lower chamber in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Premier Silvio Berlusconi ...

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An activist hurls a plastic bottle at a Carabinieri (Italian paramilitary police) van during clashes in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Premier Silvio ...

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Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi applauds following a confidence vote at the lower chamber in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Premier Silvio Berluscon...

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Demonstrators run away from tear gas during scuffles with police in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Premier Silvio Berlusconi won back-to-back votes of...

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Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, left, and Economic minister Giulio Tremonti attend a debate at the lower chamber in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. ...

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Speaker of the lower house Gianfranco Fini, right, and member of parliament Italo Bocchino talk to each other at the lower chamber in Rome, Tuesday, ...

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The vote board reports the results of a confidence vote,314-311 in favor of the government, at the lower chamber in Rome, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. Pre...

Violent protests have erupted in Rome after Premier Silvio Berlusconi won back-to-back confidence votes in parliament, narrowly surviving one of his toughest political challenges yet.
Riot police had to use tear gas to try to stop angry demonstrators from torching cars, smashing windows and clashing with police.
Inside parliament's lower house, tensions boiled over as lawmakers pushed and shoved each other, forcing a brief suspension in the voting.
Ultimately, Berlusconi survived the lower house's no-confidence motion by just three votes. He had secured a more comfortable victory in a confidence vote at the Senate earlier in the day.


Updated : 2021-10-17 08:07 GMT+08:00