Italian Premier Enrico Letta gives the thumb-up sign ahead of a confidence vote at the Lower Chamber, in Rome, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. Silvio Berlusconi made a stunning about-face Wednesday and threw his support behind the government of Premier Enrico Letta in a confidence vote, acknowledging defeat on the Senate floor after defections in his party robbed him of the backing he needed to bring down the government. Berlusconi’s support ensured the survival, for now, of Letta’s 5-month-old left-right coalition. Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party has been badly divided ever since Italy’s high court upheld his tax fraud conviction and sentence in August. But it has been thrown into chaos after several lawmakers and his closest ally and political heir Angelino Alfano openly defied him and said they would support Letta. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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