Italian center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi gestures during a confidence vote at the Senate in Rome, October 2, 2013.
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Letta victory after Berlusconi U-turn

2 October 2013 Last updated at 16:54 BST

Italian Premier Enrico Letta has won a confidence vote after a last-minute U-turn by former PM Silvio Berlusconi.

Berlusconi had initially promised to topple the government by withdrawing his party's support - a move which prompted the Senate vote.

But he backed down when it became clear that several of his senators would back the government.

Alan Johnston reports.