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Italy centre-left leader Bersani to resign shortly

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Italy's centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani on Friday told members of his party he would step down following a failure to push through his preferred candidate for president.

Earlier on Friday, a rebellion in the leftist ranks resulted in a bitter blow for Bersani as his candidate, former premier Romano Prodi, failed to win sufficient votes to win a secret parliamentary ballot.

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