Italian economy minister resigns

Italy's Economy Minister Domenico Siniscalco has resigned because of government infighting over the 2006 budget and the administration's failure to oust Bank of Italy Governor Antonio Fazio over a banking scandal, the Treasury said.

"I spoke to Siniscalco this morning and I can confirm the minister has resigned," a Treasury spokesman said, adding: "Because of the budget, the Fazio affair, the reasons you read in the papers."

"Siniscalco's resignation marks the definitive collapse of a government

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