Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will resign once reforms requested by the EU are adopted later this month, President Giorgio Napolitano’s office said.
Berlusconi is aware that the vote on 2010 public accounts in the parliament earlier today showed that he no longer held a majority in the house, coupled with high service of public debt, it added in a statement following a lengthy meeting between Napolitano and the Prime Minister.
Berlusconi won a major vote but obtained only 308 votes with only one abstention, while 321 did not join the vote. Overall majority in the 630-seat parliament is 316 votes.
Berlusconi, said the statement, voiced great concern over the urgent need to implement austerity measures as demanded by European leaders.
The Prime Minister will tender his resignation once he completes this mission, it added.