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Silvio Berlusconi Resigning: Twitter Reacts To Resignation Of Italian Prime Minister (TWEETS)


First Posted: 11/08/11 08:26 PM ET Updated: 11/09/11 01:57 AM ET

Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's embattled prime minister, announced on Tuesday that he would resign following a vote in the Italian parliament on EU-mandated economic reforms.

Berlusconi won Tuesday's vote but lost his majority in parliament.

Berlusconi, 75, is Italy's longest-serving premier. He was first elected to parliament in 1994, and since then has served as Italy's prime minister three times.

From the Associated Press:

But in his last years in power, he became almost a grotesque caricature of the charming billionaire who cast a spell over his nation.

The hair transplants and plastic surgery became all too obvious. His reputation as a seducer gave way to allegations of trysts with prostitutes and underage girls. He embarrassed Italy with jaw-dropping gaffes at international summits.

According to the Associated Press, Berlusconi is currently a defendant in three separate trials, one for sex with an underage woman, another for charges of corruption and a third for tax fraud.

In September, he allegedly made a vulgar comment about Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany. Cameras at an EU Summit last month captured him apparently sneaking a peek at the backside of Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the new premier of Denmark.

Twitter quickly erupted with the news of Berlusconi's resignation, and true to the nature of the medium, there was no shortage of snark. Much of the commentary about his resignation focused on his purported fondness for young women and his now infamous "bunga bunga" parties.

LOOK: Twitter reacts to news of Silvio Berlusconi's resignation:

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Filed by Timothy Stenovec  |