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February 14, 1988

Italian Prime Minister Giovanni Goria agreed to withdraw his resignation after a request from President Francesco Cossiga to end a three-day government crisis. Goria, the 44 year-old Christian Democratic leader, will return to Parliament this week to seek a new vote of confidence from a house which has humiliated him with a series of embarrassing defeats on vital finance measures this year. Goria resigned on Wednesday after deputies from his own party voted repeatedly with opposition parties to defeat and amend numerous clauses in the 1988 budget. His resignation meant the budget and finance bills were frozen. They are six weeks late, and the government has had to rely on expensive interim loans to tide it over.

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