PM Enrico Letta wins confidence vote in both houses


Prime Minister Enrico Letta’s government won a crucial vote of confidence in both houses of the Italian parliament yesterday.

The votes in both houses were easily won; in the lower house or Chamber of Deputies the government won by 379 for to 121 against with two abstentions. In the upper house or Senate the government won an equally comfortable 173 to 127 vote.

Prime Minister Letta pronounced that this gave the government the opportunity to forge ahead with a new programme. Silvio Berlusconi’s now defunct People of Freedom party (PdL) left the government last month, although the decision led to a split in the party. A former protégé of Berlusconi, Angelino Alfano, now Deputy Prime Minister, took a number of Deputies and Senators back into government under a new party called the New Center-Right (Nuovo Centrodestra, NCD).

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