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November 12, 2011
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FILE -In this Wednesday Sept. 8, 2011 file photo, Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi walks past the Carabinieri honor guard as he arrives for a meeting with Finland’s President Tarja Halonen at his official residence, Chigi Palace, in Rome. Premier Silvio Berlusconi resigned in Rome, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, after the Parliament’s lower chamber passed European-demanded reforms, ending a 17-year political era and setting in motion a transition aimed at bringing Italy back from the brink of economic crisis. The 75-year-old billionaire media mogul, who came to power for the first time in 1994 using a soccer chant “Go Italy” as the name of his political party, became Italy’s longest-serving post-war premier.