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Berlusconi Gains Backing in Parliament, la Repubblica Says

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will obtain a parliamentary majority after gaining additional support from 20 deputies, la Repubblica reported, citing a lawmaker backing the premier.

“We have the needed numbers,” said Francesco Nucara, a Berlusconi ally. Gianfranco Fini, co-founder of the People of Liberty party with Berlusconi, broke with him in July and formed a new political group called Future and Freedom for Italy.