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Silvio Berlusconi takes his seat for crucial confidence vote

Update 10:23 a.m. ET: Berlusconi survived the vote.

msnbc.com news services report from ROME:

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi faces a confidence vote in parliament Friday that is seen as the most serious threat to his political survival since the billionaire media baron was swept into power nearly two decades ago.

With an electorate weary of the scandals engulfing the premier and worried about Italy's economy, Berlusconi is facing repeated calls for his resignation from his political rivals, labor unions and parts of the business community that once considered him their savior. Continue reading.

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