Nov. 12 - Italy's opposition celebrates into the night following the resignation of Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Silvio Berlusconi exits Italian politics. On Saturday he tendered his resignation ending one of the most scandal-plagued eras in recent Italian history. Hundreds gathered in central Rome to celebrate his departure. Supporters of the the Democratic Party, the main party in the opposition coalition, rallied in the streets of Rome and were later joined by leader Pier Luigi Bersani. SOUNDBITE: Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani, saying (Italian): "Clearly it is a moment of great satisfaction, then starting tomorrow we will have to face many problems but we will finally start working on them, so now let us enjoy this moment of satisfaction and happiness" It was a view shared by many. SOUNDBITE: Rome resident Silvia Mazzocchi, saying (Italian): "It is a great satisfaction, being able to see the end of a difficult era that was a nightmare for many. Maybe the satisfaction is not as full as it could have been, now we will have "comrade" Monti but let's hope for the best, can't be any worse than this past government, we'll see" Berlusconi, who failed to secure a majority in a crucial vote on Tuesday, handed in his resignation Saturday after parliament passed a package of measures demanded by European partners to restore market confidence in Italy. Former European Commissioner Mario Monti is expected to be given the task of trying to form a new administration to face a widening financial crisis. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters