WORLD IN BRIEF : ITALY : Andreotti Resigns as Prime Minister

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti resigned, clearing the way for formal negotiations to start choosing a successor to lead Italy through one of its most difficult periods since the end of World War II. A brief Cabinet meeting gave Andreotti, 73, the green light to step down three weeks after his ruling coalition suffered a major reverse in elections April 5 and 6.

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