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Italy`s new government wins first confidence vote

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 09:11

Rome: Italy`s new government has easily won a confidence vote of confirmation in the lower house of Parliament.

Premier Enrico Letta`s coalition of rival political blocs won the backing of the Chamber of Deputies tonight in a mandatory confidence vote on his coalition.

The Chamber voted 453 to approve the government, and 153 voted no.

The government faces a required second vote tomorrow in the Senate, where Letta`s center-left forces don`t have the majority.

But media mogul Silvio Berlusconi`s center-right party, which is part of the tense coalition government, is expected to give Letta sufficient backing.

Earlier, Letta told the Chamber`s lawmakers he intended to lower the tax burden on Italians in hopes of stimulating economic growth.


First Published: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 09:11
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