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COALITION GOVERNMENT WINS SENATE APPROVAL

Premier Silvio Berlusconi's new government won approval from the Italian Senate today, ending a government crisis that followed his party's defeat in regional elections.

The Senate voted, 170-117, to approve the premier's conservative coalition, which Berlusconi formed last week after he briefly resigned to reshuffle his government in a bid to end bickering among his allies.

Before the vote, Berlusconi addressed the Senate, vowing to carry out an economic platform that includes tax cuts for businesses and help for Italy's poorer south.

The lower house approved the government Wednesday.

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