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    Italian Prez Dissolves Parliament

    ROME, ITALY - NOVEMBER 16:   New Italian Prime Minister-designate, Mario Monti, speaks during a press conference to present the new government, at Quirinale Palace, on November 16, 2011 in Rome, Italy. Following the resignation of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, after a political career spanning over 20 years, Prime Minister designate Mario Monti presents the new Italian government. Their main task is to resolve Italy's deepening financial crisis within the Eurozone and address the country's crippling debts.  (Photo by Giorgio Cosulich/Getty Images)

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    The changing of the guard has begun. Italian President Giorgio Napolitano signed a decree dissolving parliament on Saturday. The motion is meant to make way for the general elections on February 24-25, and come a day after Prime Minister Mario Monti resigned. It’s not yet clear whether Monti will run for office, but he is expected to announce his decision on Sunday. According to polls, the center-left Democratic Party is on track to win.

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